Enoshima Sea Candle Illumination is a light and art display that is consistently voted as one of the best illuminations in Japan.
Enoshima is a small island on the Shonan peninsular in Kanagawa. Very close to Kamakura, Enoshima is one of the most popular holidays and summer destination for young and old Japanese and is one of the most visited tourist spots in Japan. In summer the beaches are packed with people, but in winter from November 23rd to February 16th the lighthouse on the island called a Sea Candle is lit up with one of the best illumination displays in the world.
A favorite dating and romantic spot, it opens from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and the famous Samuel Cocking Garden is lit up with millions of LED lights, creating a display that is considered one of the best illuminations in Japan and the world.
Samuel Cocking was a merchant trader who moved to Japan in the 1880s when Japan finally opened itself up for trade. He purchased much of the island and developed the gardens around the Enoshima Sea Candle. He developed the island which in the 1950s and ownership of the island was returned to the city of Fujisawa.
The illuminations draw in large crowds, especially on weekends. To access the Enoshima Sea Candle, take the Shonan Shinjuku Line from Tokyo Station, and change at Fujisawa station to the Enoshima line and get off at Katase Enoshima Station, or for a more scenic journey, get off the Shonan Shinjuku line at Ofuna and take the Shonan Enoshima Monorail and get off at Shonan Enoshima Island and take the bus which will take you directly to the island. There is also a massive tulip display, and when in bloom (around the new year) make it one of the most impressive tulip displays in Japan.
There is a steep walk up to the top of the island, but for ¥300 you can take an elevator, be warned, on public holidays and weekends there is a massive queue for the elevator tickets. To get into the Enoshima Sea Candle is ¥800 for adults, which includes access to the
Included at the illumination are various displays and artwork by MIRRORBALLER, who is a collective group of artists who make mirror balls and light illuminations. A great website if you are interested in Enoshima is this one.
The Enoshima Sea Candle official website can be found here, and the official website of the Enoshima Sea Candle Illumination is here.
Watch the following video to see what you’re missing out on if you don’t go!
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