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Keio Exchange: Enoshima

On the Thursday of our first week, we went to Enoshima, a small island off the coast. It felt more like rural Japan than the city it resides beside, except for the large “Sea Candle” that rises from the island. We spent more of the day and some of the evening there, which allowed us plenty of time to explore the magical place, making our way to the top. 
 
On the way, we visited Enoshima’s main, yet surprisingly small, shrine. As we adventured to the top we walked along the rocky shores that allow for one to go down to the water’s edge and gaze out towards the endless ocean. We spent a while taking photos next to the crashing waves on the rock front surrounding us, before taking a tour through a cave system within Enoshima. 
 
Upwards and onwards, through beautiful flower gardens and past quaint little houses, before arriving at the top.  The next experience is one to remember, we found a spot where we could just catch the sunset over Mount Fuji, with its colossal size casting a vast shadow onto the shores of Japan. 
 
Eventually, we arrived at the Enoshima Sea Candle and after a brief stroll through it’s surrounding flower gardens, we took an elevator up and arrived at the top of the sixty metre tall structure. We were blown away by the stunning night-time view of Japan’s coast. While major cities lie out of sight, the shining lights of Enoshima and the late dusk sky made Enoshima well worth it. 
 
To conclude a great afternoon and night, we had dinner at a delicious seafood restaurant, before making our way home by train. 
 
By Scott Haysom