Experience a beautiful series of illuminations and lanterns on Enoshima Island.
We’ve discussed Enoshima before, but for a month and a half in summer, this beautiful island transforms at night. Various locations, such as Enoshima Shrine, Iwaya Caves, Samuel Cocking Garden, and the Enoshima Sea Candle are illuminated with lanterns and light shows.
You can also see Zuishinmon Gate lit up with dragons (courtesy of spatial designers Velveta Design) and shadow puppetry at the Sea Candle and Samuel Cocking Garden.
Enoshima Shrine and surrounding areas are free to visit except for the Samuel Cocking Garden, which costs ¥500 for adults and ¥250 for children after 5 p.m.; and the Iwaya Caves, which cost ¥500 for adults and ¥200 for children.
The Enoshima Lanterns start at 6 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. across the island. However, on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and Obon week (11 August to 16 August), they continue until 9 p.m.
Also, on the last weekend of the event (August 28–29), the Samuel Cocking Garden will have a unique shadow puppetry play, so expect crowds!Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.