The Beaches of Enoshima

In summer Enoshima is a hive of activity, from hikers, day trippers and those wanting a laid back break from city life there are a number of reasons why this coastal town has become a popular destination. However a large portion of the visiting guests are here for one main reason, and that’s the beaches that are on the mainland opposite Enoshima Island. Thanks to its close proximity from Tokyo (a bit over an hour by train) and even closer proximity to Yokohama (about 40 minutes) it’s the perfectly convenient beach getaway for those needing to escape during the sweltering summer months.

The Beaches of Enoshima

The jewel in the crown of this collection of beaches is arguably Katase Beach, which includes Higashihama Beach to its east and Nishihama Beach to the west. It’s not commonly known, but actually Katase Higashihama Beach has a rich and culturally diverse history as being one of the first western style swimming beaches in Japan, a title which can be traced back to the city’s time in the Meiji Era. Nishihama Beach is a watersports lover's paradise and was where surfing and beach volleyball were first enjoyed in Japan.

The Beaches of Enoshima

Thanks to its location shielded by Enoshima Island, the wide and shallow coast of Katase Higashihama has incredibly calm waves, making it great for paddling, and the perfect spot for not so confident swimmers and families with young children. While bobbing around in the calm water, have a good look around the area because on a clear sunny day you can actually see the neighboring Mount Fuji and even the Izu Peninsula! If you’re there in April and September, and you’re particularly lucky you might even witness the “Fuji Diamond“ a stunning natural phenomenon when the setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, making the mountain shine bright like a diamond.

The Beaches of Enoshima

During July and August this beach is awash with sunbathing tourists and visitors from the city, so do be wary that if you’re planning on visiting during this time don’t expect to be able to avoid the crowds. That said, it’s this popularity that gives Katase Higashihama it infectious and unique party atmosphere. Home to this party atmosphere are the beach houses, which line the back of the shores. Open for just a few fleeting weeks in July and August, the houses provide respite and offer a number of facilities for the area’s many guests. Here you can eat, take a rest, drop off your belongings, and even take a shower.

The Beaches of Enoshima

Getting to the main beach area from Kamakura is relatively easy. From Kamakura station take the Enoshima Dentetsu Line heading to Enoshima and hop off at Koshigoe Station. The trip takes around 20 minutes and costs 260 yen each way. From this stop you the walk directly to the water takes about 10 minutes. From Tokyo you can ride the Shonan-Shinjuku Line heading to Odawara then switch at Fujisawa station to the Odakyu-Enoshima Line heading to Katase-Enoshima. That journey will take a bit over an hour and costs 1,130 yen each way.

The Beaches of Enoshima
Facility Name
Enoshima
Address
Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima
Phone
0466224141
Introduction
Enoshima is a tied island connected to the mainland via a sandbar. Known for its picturesque scenery since ancient times, the island is also home to Enoshima-jinja Shrine and numerous other historic Shinto shrines. Sightseeing spots have continued to accrue on the island over time, including the Samuel Cocking Garden as well as a stone monument dedicated to the 1964 Olympics. The Enoshima Sea Candle lighthouse, which is lit up beautifully at night, is a more recent addition. In times past and today, Enoshima remains a popular tourist destination visited by countless travelers.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Katase Nishihama Beach
Address
Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Katasekaigan
Introduction
This beautiful and spacious sandy beach extends along Sagami Bay. The beach sees some of the most visitors of any beach in Japan during swimming season, exceeding 3 million. The beach is also the birthplace of surfing in Japan. (Surfing is prohibited at the beach during swimming season.)
Note
Until July 31 August 1, 2011:swimming period
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Katase Higashihama Beach
Address
Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Katasekaigan
Introduction
A two-minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station. Said to be the oldest swimming beach in Japan, the beach’s history dates back to the Taisho period. The beach has also been selected as one of the 88 best beaches in Japan and this veritable symbol of Enoshima is visited by some one million beachgoers annually. Swimming season is from July 1 to August 31, and swimming is permitted from 9 am to 5 pm during this period. There are 19 toilets at the beach including portable facilities as well as some 50 bustling beach clubhouses and restaurants.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Koshigoe
Address
Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Koshigoe 2-chome
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Katase-Enoshima
Address
Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Katasekaigan 2-chome
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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