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Introduction of Enoshima Iwaya Caves

On the Pacific side of “Enoshima" (Enoshima) in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture, there is a “cave" that has been eroded by waves for tens of thousands of years, and it is possible to visit for a fee.

According to tradition, in 552, following the edict of Emperor Kinmei, he enshrined a god in a cave on the island.
Also, it is said that Kukai ( Kobo Daishi ) entered the cave (Iwaya) in 814 and prayed for the protection of the land and the relief of everyone.


And we founded the shrine (Iwaya Hongu).

It is also said that in 853, Enjin (Jikaku Daishi) trained in a dragon cave (Iwaya) and built a shrine in Kaminomiya (Nakatsu-miya) after being told by Bensaiten.

On April 5, 1182, Yoritomo Minamoto, who opened the Kamakura Shogunate, took the lead, and 47 Takeshi Kamakura entered Iwaya with a literary superior and prayed for victory.

Enoshima Iwaya Caves Sightseeing


In this way, Iwaya cave on Enoshima was called by various names such as gold cave, dragon cave, Hourai cave, god cave, hongu iwaya, dragon cave, god cave.


Enoshima’s Iwaya cave is a cave where people can stand and there are currently two.


According to the new Sagami country climate report, “ The 2nd and 3rd cave nestled in the east of the dragon hole is called White Dragon cave, there is a dragon pond in the 4th cave, and the 5th cave is called Hisen cave There is a waterfall in the area. "


In short, there were more caves, but they seemed to have collapsed under the Nakamuraya Yokan store, and the cave was lost.


The cave is a bit “cool" and can be a little cooler in summer.


A rockfall accident occurred in March 1971, and the rock house had been closed for 22 years. However, it was investigated and maintained, and in 1993 it was reopened as a paid tourist facility.


In addition, I have visited various coastal caves throughout Japan, but Iwaya cave in Enoshima is “long".
It is rare to say that there are two caves, but the first Iwaya is 152m deep and the second Iwaya is 56m deep.


According to one theory, it is connected to the air hole at the foot of Mt. Fuji, but it is just a tradition.
On the way to the first cave, candles are given.


Inside the cave, electricity is coming and lighting is turned on, but it is directing that you bring a candle in your hand.
* Candles are not available during congestion.

The turtle-like stone “Kameishi" can be seen from the coastal promenade leading to the second Iwaya.

According to the description, it was not natural stone but “the predecessor of the local Katase Nakamura stone" Kametaro Nakamura “flew the flea".
However, just walking along the shoreline can clear your mind.


How to visit Enoshima Iwaya cave without getting tired

If you simply want to see only Enoshima “ Iwaya Cave ", go on a pleasure boat / Benten Maru departing from the middle of the bridge “ Enoshima Benten Bridge " (Enoshima Ohashi) that crosses from Katase Enoshima to Enoshima. That is the fastest, Lactin.
However, the charm of Enoshima is not only Iwaya cave, so it is not interesting to go to and from simple Iwaya cave.

Therefore, as a recommendation, we recommend that you first visit Enoshima to see and enjoy Enoshima in various ways.
Enoshima Island is a mountain-shaped island with an altitude of 60m.
If you say height 60m, it is the height equivalent to “super high-rise building" in the Building Law, and it is equivalent to the height of 21 floors when converted into a building.

In short, Enoshima is quite difficult to climb.
However, a convenient escalator “Enoshima Eskar" is charged from the vicinity of Ejima Shrine, so you can easily climb from Eshima Shrine to Enoshima Samuel Cocking-en, where Enoshima Observation Deck is located.
However, the only route to climb from the Iwaya cave is the “stairs", and you need to climb your own foot up the height difference to climb a building equivalent to the 21st floor.
To be honest, hard and tired. Younger people would be better …
Therefore, the way to go to Iwaya cave by sightseeing boat Bentenmaru and then sightseeing Enoshima is tired.

First, climb Eshima Shrine and Esker to see Samuel Cocking Garden, Enoshima Observation Lighthouse, etc., then Enoshima Benzaiten, and descend to Iwaya Cave.
The best sightseeing route is to return to the pleasure boat Bentenmaru without returning to the stairs at the end.


Transportation to the Enoshima Iwaya Caves

Let’s use Katase Enoshima Station on Odakyu Line.
You can walk to Katase Enoshima Station-Enoshima on foot.
Traveling on foot takes about 18 minutes.

Go straight out of the ticket gate at Katase-Enoshima Station. When you see the bridge, cross the bridge and turn right at the end.
There is an underpass, so cross the “Enoshima Ohashi" through the underpass.

Continue straight and you will arrive at Enoshima.

Let’s buy Enoshima 1day passport “eno = pass" at the ticket office of Enoshima Esker .
For 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children, Enoshima Escar, Enoshima Samuel Cocking-en, Enoshima Sea Candle (observation lighthouse), and Enoshima Iwaya are not only “all-you-can-eat" facilities, but also adults can save 360 ​​yen.
If you visit Enoshima on the Odakyu Line, there are also special discount tickets that include a round-trip Odakyu round-trip ticket and a 1-day Enoshima passport at the station where you get on the Odakyu.
Also, if you present your Enoshima 1day passport, you can save 5% discount on meals and souvenirs at some partner shops.
Enoshima Island Spa and Shin-Enoshima Aquarium (Katase Kaigan) also offer 10% discount on admission.

In addition, shoes that are easy to walk such as sneakers are recommended because you may walk on the shore where the steps and rocks are lumpy.

Also, when a typhoon comes, it is closed, but in some cases, the coastline passage is destroyed and it may be closed for several months.
Let’s go when you can see.

There are no regular holidays, seven days a week, and business hours are from 9 am to 5 pm in February to April and October.
From May to September, it is from 9 am to 6 pm, but in August it is until 7 pm.
The winter months from November to January are from 9:00 to 16:00 in the morning.
Map of Enoshima