Have you ever heard of Tokyoite’s little coastal oasis? Enoshima Island is a tiny little thing off the coast of Kanagawa. In this video I reveal my top five Enoshima sites. The locals know its secrets, but a lot of tourists miss out on the best of Enoshima First, Enoshima’s best sites are in winter and summer. It’s not really a spring or fall location. Starting our countdown is number five. Shrines and shopping. The shopping street leading up to the shrine is always thronged with crowds Even on weekdays. On the shopping street is a newly opened Hello Kitty Cafe. I’ll put up a link later. This is Zuishin-Mon Gate. Zuishin means refreshed. When you walk through the gate, you are refreshed of mind. This is Benzaiten, goddess of matchmaking, said to have risen the island and soothed the five-headed dragon. This is why there are lovers’ locks and sorts of things for romance. This is why Enoshima is considered a lovers’ spot. And frankly, after seeing all the couples around, it’s true. This is where you bring a date. The mark of three scales often seen on Enoshima is not the triforce from the video game about Zelda. It actually symbolizes the guardian dragon of Enoshima. It is also the symbol of the Hojo Clan, who according to legend, were given three scales of the dragon. My choice for number four is the Sea Candle during Winter Illumination. It costs 300 yen (for the tower) plus 200 yen extra to enter. So 500 yen total. Built in 1993, the Sea Candle is a privately-owned lighthouse. The best time to go is from December to February 19th. This is when you can see the “Shonan No Hoseki”, or “Jewel of the Shonan”. It’s a winter illumination. It also includes tulips in the garden. This is probably the only time I would go inside. I’m not really a garden person, but it’s really pretty inside. Japan has been getting really into winter illuminations in the past few years. Number three is Iwaya Caves. Eons of tidal erosion carved out these caves. My brother Sean, some Celtic music, and away we go! To the west of the island. To the very back. It costs 500 yen for adults to enter Iwaya Caves. And it takes about 15-20 minutes to finish. My next choice is a place a thousand years in the making. Built by the sea, repeated Earthquakes pushed up the rocky coast of Enoshima and created these tidal pools. Nowadays, a concrete walkway gives easy access to Iwaya caves, but it wasn’t always so. It’s hard to imagine that it wasn’t always easy to reach Iwaya. There are still Japanese who remember hopping across the shoals to climb up into the caves. It used to be a dangerous task. The threat of the tide was real. In summer, the shoals form a fun swimming hole that people jump into. My brother, Sean, will demonstrate. Determined photographers bring rainboots. My last choice is number one by a landslide. This one is often missed by tourists who rush to visit the shrine, the beach, or the tower. Since they’re often rushing back to Tokyo, they miss out on the best thing to see in Enoshima. The sunset is gorgeous in all seasons, but winter gives the clearest sky and a snow-capped Mt. Fuji. Watching the sunset from the shoals, with the waves crashing against the shore, is one of the most majestic sights in Kanagawa. If you visit Enoshima, don’t be like most tourists. Don’t miss out on this splendor!