Anyone who’s done a day trip to the island of Enoshima off the coast of Kanagawa has most likely passed through Katase-Enoshima Station. The final stop on the Odakyu Line, the station lies approximately 70 minutes from Shinjuku, and Enoshima is just a 12-minute walk away from there.
The station recently had a major makeover and reopened in July sporting some exciting new features. One of the highlights is the addition of a brand new jellyfish tank in collaboration with Enoshima Aquarium, which is located just minutes away from the station. If you weren’t sold on the aquarium, this mesmerising tank might just change your mind.
The station building itself is worth a visit for its opulent architecture. It’s inspired by Ryugujo, the elaborate castle that's often found in ancient Japanese folk tales and is related to the sea deity. Since opening in 1929, Katase-Enoshima Station has always looked like a Ryugujo castle but its recent facelift has given it a much-needed refresh while maintaining the charm of the old station building.
Take a closer look at the details of the building and you’ll notice the unique roof and ceiling decorations, which feature intricate sculptures of dragons and sea creatures like dolphins and turtles. To top it all off, the station is illuminated at night, giving it a more ethereal, fairy tale-like atmosphere.
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