Most viewed - Fujisawa 藤沢市
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Bridge to Enoshima. Two bridges, one for vehicles and the other for pedestrians, enable access to this small and charming island.419 views
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The festival is actually held from the first to second Sunday in July. Eighth day is the main day.278 viewsThe festival procession comes toward Enoshima's gateway which is the Seido no Torii (青銅の鳥居) gate.
This day-long festival starts at 9:30 am at Enoshima's Hetsunomiya Shrine. A large mikoshi (portable shrine) from Yasaka Shrine is carried from the shrine to Koyuguri Shrine on the mainland. Along the way, the mikoshi is carried into the ocean. On the mainland, the Yasaka mikoshi is met with a mikoshi from Koyuguri Shrine. They then parade together along a shopping street before the Yasaka mikoshi goes back to Enoshima at around 6 pm.
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Blessings at sea239 viewsThe mikoshi and bearers are blessed by a shrine priest on a boat wielding a sacred staff.
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Down ramp220 views
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Enoshima's main drag211 views
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Secondary shrines191 views
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Entrance to Enoshima's main drag. After you pass through this torii, you walk uphill along a narrow road lined with tourist souvenir shops.179 views
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Enoshima from Koyurugi Shrine lookout174 views
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Koyurugi Shrine162 views
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Cave at Enoshima156 views
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Entrance to Yasaka Shrine151 views
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Hiking around the island (not recommended). There is a nice path going around half the island. But the other half lacks a real path. It is somewhat risky.149 views
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Tengu man123 viewsIn the searing heat of summer, this costume must be unbearable.
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Water's edge118 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.118 views
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Rough trail114 views
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Fishing hole113 views
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At sea110 viewsShrine helpers on a boat splash buckets of sea water on the mikoshi bearers.
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Finally back to civilization110 views
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Other side of the island101 views
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Passing by Ryukoji Temple100 views
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Parading along a shopping street100 views
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Streetcar break97 views
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Passing Enoshima Station96 views
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Entrance to Koyurugi Shrine96 viewsIt is dedicated to the sea goddess.
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Knockers96 viewsWhen they carry the mikoshi, a pair of knockers on both sides the mikoshi are struck to make a rhythmic sound.
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Crossing over94 views
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Mikoshi made of acorns93 views
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Tram break93 viewsPart of the procession route also happened to be the Enoden streetcar route so we had to make way for the passing streetcar every 15 min. or so. There were streetcar personnel who blew their loud whistles whenever a streetcar was to pass through. I got scolded for sticking out my head to take this shot.
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Mikoshi face-off90 viewsThe shrine from Yasaka Shrine on Enoshima is the male (left), and the mikoshi from Koyurugi Shrine (foreground) is female.
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Koyurugi Shrine lookout90 viewsThe shrine is built atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, and there's small lookout offering sweeping view with Enoshima in the distance.
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Preparing for the sea86 viewsDuring a break, the mikoshi is prepared for a run in the ocean.
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Mikoshi couple. Also see the video at YouTube.86 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Fujisawa-juku (7th post town on the Tokaido) from his "Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series. 58 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of an Enoshima cave and Mt. Fuji from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.38 views
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A torii marks the entrance to Enoshima's main drag of tourist souvenir shops.11 views
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Enoshima's main drag of tourist souvenir shops.11 views
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Hello Kitty flowers11 views
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Hello Kitty11 views
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Hello Kitty dessert11 views
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Hello Kitty curry11 views
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Hello Kitty dessert11 views
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Escalator service. If you don't want to climb all those stairs, take the Escalator. (Small admission charged)11 views
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View from Enoshima.11 views
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Enoshima is also a cat island. This park as a few stray cats.11 views
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"Be nice to cats on Enoshima."11 views
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Cat on Enoshima11 views
   
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