1. Enoshima Sea Candle
    Photo: Enoshima Sea Candle
  2. Sarushima
    Photo: Kuro/Pixta
  3. Jogashima
    Photo: Kisa Toyoshima
  4. Isokaze
    Photo: Kisa Toyoshima
  5. Sarushima
    Photo: Natume13/Photo AC

Kanagawa coast islands: best things to do, restaurants and attractions

Looking for an easy day trip from Tokyo? Try Enoshima, Hakkeijima, Sarushima and Jogashima islands just south of the city

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada
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The stunning Kanagawa coastline is often overshadowed by the popular tourist destinations nearby such as Kamakura and Yokohama, but the Miura Peninsula, located just south of Yokohama, has plenty of great spots which are worth a visit. In particular, the four islands of Enoshima, Hakkeijima, Sarushima and Jogashima are easily accessible from Tokyo and offer numerous seaside activities, outdoor excursions and plenty of fresh seafood.

Direct trains run from Yokohama Station to the Kanagawa coast, and from there it’s an easy walk across a bridge or a short ferry ride to the islands. Some of the tourist destinations can be paired up into one convenient trip, but we recommend saving islands like Enoshima and Jogashima for individual day trips, as they take a bit longer to get to.

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Enoshima

Enoshima
Photo: Enoshima Sea Candle

Enoshima

The island of Enoshima lies off the Shonan coast on the western side of Kanagawa, and is connected to the mainland by a bridge (open to cars and pedestrians). Home to a wealth of cultural monuments, cute cafés and sightseeing activities, Enoshima is one of the best-known spots in Kanagawa. When the weather’s clear, you can even see Mt Fuji from the island.

Confusingly the island’s must-see Enoshima Shrine is actually three different shrines spread out across the island. The main one is located on the route to the picturesque Enoshima Sea Candle observation tower. While making your way around the island, stop off at the Iwaya Caves inside the cliffs on the southern coast. Visitors can walk through the caverns, but don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the gorgeous view out over the ocean.

How to get there: The most convenient access is through Enoshima Station, which is just under 40 minutes from Yokohama Station via the Tokaido Main and Enoden lines. If you’re coming from Tokyo Station, the train trip will take about an hour and 10 minutes. From Enoshima Station, it’s just a 20-minute walk to the island. From Shinjuku Station, you can get to Katase-Enoshima Station in just 70 minutes. Enoshima is a 12-minute walk from there.

  • Things to do
  • Enoshima

Don’t leave Enoshima without taking in the jawdropping scenery from this lighthouse observation tower. A ¥500 (¥250 for children) entry gets you up to the viewing deck, but for ¥800 (¥400) you can purchase an Enoshima Sea Candle Ticket, which also gives you access to the Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden as well as the escalator connecting the ground level to the base of the lighthouse on the hill. From the top of the Sea Candle, enjoy a great view of Mt Fuji to the west, Miura Peninsula to the east and Oshima Island just south.

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Eat: Tobiccho Benzaiten Nakamise street
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Eat: Tobiccho Benzaiten Nakamise street

Being an island, Enoshima is naturally blessed with an abundance of seafood, but there’s one ingredient that reigns supreme – shirasu. Shirasu is a catch-all name referring to small fish, fry or whitebait, and it’s usually eaten raw, or boiled and piled onto a bowl of rice in a dish known as shirasu-don.

Tobiccho Benzaiten is one of the most popular restaurants on Enoshima for sampling this local speciality. In fact, waiting times can sometimes reach two hours, so here’s a pro-tip: stop by and get a queue ticket before exploring the island. On the menu you’ll find shirasu in all imaginable cooking styles: aside from the standard raw and boiled, you’ll also get them in oversize deep-fried fritters (kakiage), as crispy wafers, steeped in chawanmushi, and more. The portions here are huge, so it’s a good idea to work up an appetite while you wait.

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  • Enoshima

Get into the island mood at Moke's, an Instagrammable café complete with fluffy pancakes and cute décor. Diners can expect menu offerings such as Moke's signature lilikoi pancakes which come topped with a tangy passionfruit sauce, and the equally delicious macadamia nut pancakes. The café also features Enoshima-exclusive dishes using shirasu, or whitebait – a speciality of the area. 

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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Enoshima

For a bit of relaxation, nothing beats some onsen (hot spring bath) time at Enoshima Island Spa. The wellness complex is located right on the island’s coast and features natural hot springs plus ten different heated pools where you can even wear your swimsuit. Although the hot spring baths are separated by gender, the pools are open to all. Highlights include the stunning outdoor infinity pool looking out over the ocean as well as a cave pool with a perfect view of Mt Fuji. Don’t forget to try out the sauna and the carbonated hot spring bath – it’s supposed to relieve tiredness and boost your metabolism.

Hakkeijima

Hakkeijima

Hakkeijima

A small island just south of Yokohama, Hakkeijima is home to a marine-focussed amusement park boasting an adrenaline-pumping rollercoaster (pictured above), an aquarium and much more besides. There’s even a hotel on the island, so you can turn your day trip into a leisurely weekend by the sea.

How to get there: Hakkeijima Station is approximately 40 minutes by train from Yokohama Station, and just under an hour and 20 minutes from Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo. From Hakkeijima Station, an easy 10-minute walk across the nearby bridge will bring you to the island.

  • Attractions
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Yokohama

This amusement park is an ideal spot for kids – even the kind that have a career and a mortgage. There are two main areas – Pleasure Land and Aqua Resorts – and no entrance fee, so you can pay as you go for each attraction or pick up an all-inclusive ticket.

The Aqua Museum aquarium – in the Aqua Resorts area, of course – is worth a visit in itself for the 120,000 sea creatures living there, comprised of 700 different species ranging from dolphins and sharks to penguins and polar bears. At the Umi Farm, visitors can try their hand at fishing before cooking up their catch right on the spot.

Pleasure Land is a more typical amusement park: take in the view from the Sea Paradise Tower, or enjoy the scenery at top speed from the roller coaster swooping over the water. And speaking of water, you can even cruise on a pirate ship through the high seas – there’s plenty to keep you busy during your visit.

Don’t miss the colourful seaside garden at Hakkeijima, where you’ll find cherry blossoms in April and approximately 20,000 hydrangeas come June.

Sarushima

Sarushima
Photo: Kuro/Pixta

Sarushima

The island of Sarushima, just off the coast of Yokosuka, is a popular getaway spot during the warmer months, boasting gorgeous beaches and a number of summer events. You can visit during winter, too, but ferry times are limited to weekends and holidays. This little bayside paradise – the only natural island in Tokyo Bay – is best explored on foot and features ruins of a former fortress, a picturesque observation point, as well as barbecue spots for a grilling session near the beach.

How to get there: Sarushima is best accessed by ferry. The trip takes about 10 minutes; the ferry runs daily from March 1 to October 31, but it’s only weekends and holidays from November 1 to February 28. The closest station is Yokosuka-Chuo Station, about a 15-minute walk from the dock. Yokosuka-Chuo Station is less than 30 minutes by train from Yokohama Station and about 45 minutes from Shinagawa Station.

Do: enjoy the beach
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Do: enjoy the beach

[Update, June 10] Due to Covid-19, beaches on Sarushima island are closed this year to prevent infection. Ferries still serve the island but with reduced number of passengers per trip. For updated ferry times, check here (in Japanese only).

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After a full day of sunbathing and swimming, it’s time for a barbecue feast. Sarushima has public beachside grills and equipment available for rent – all you need to do is bring the food.

If partying your day away on a beach sounds more your style, be sure to visit Sarushima during one of the island’s festivals. Annual music fests like Good Music Party in summer and the Yokosuka Art & Music Festival in autumn turn the island into a musical oasis.

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See: World War II ruins
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See: World War II ruins

Sarushima was a defence station for the Port of Yokosuka from the Edo period (1603–1868) right up until World War II. You’ll still see traces of the old fortifications, including the island’s red brick barracks and long defence tunnels, all of which are gradually being overgrown by the island’s flourishing plants.

Jogashima

Jogashima
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Jogashima

Located just off the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula, Jogashima is a small island boasting stunning nature, great seafood and views of Mt Fuji. Small restaurants and shops are dotted across the sleepy island, as well as two lighthouses, a lookout point, hotels and guesthouses. The town of Misaki, your mainland gateway to the island, is famous for its abundant tuna. Misaki is also home to a couple of fresh fish markets, making it a great spot to sample local sashimi.

How to get there: A 50-minute train ride from Yokohama Station will get you to Misakiguchi Station. From there, the Keikyu bus will take you to Jogashima in about 30 minutes. If you’re coming from Shinagawa Station, the train trip to Misakiguchi Station takes roughly an hour and 10 minutes.

Do: Urari Seafood Market
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Do: Urari Seafood Market

This seafood market in Misaki specialises in tuna, but you’ll also find snacks to eat right on the spot. Look out for the swordfish gyoza, steamed tuna buns, and a variety of puddings. For more options, head up to the second floor for fresh produce, including locally grown fruit and vegetables, plus a bakery and a juice bar. There’s also an outdoor deck with tables, chairs and views of the harbour.

5-3-1 Misaki, Miura, Kanagawa prefecture (Misakiguchi Station). 04 6881 6721. Seafood market 9am-5pm, Sun 7am-5pm; vegetable market 10am-5pm, Sat, Sun & hols 9am-5pm.

Get this transport pass

Misaki Maguro Day Trip Ticket

Make the most of the Kanagawa coast by purchasing the Misaki Maguro Day Trip Ticket.The one-day pass gives you a round-trip ride on the Keikyu Line (from Yokohama Station or Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station) as well as unlimited Keikyu bus rides for the day. Best of all, you get a meal ticket for fresh seafood at one of the 32 participating maguro (tuna) restaurants in Misaki and Jogashima island.

From ¥3,480. Passes can be purchased at Keikyu Line stations (excluding Sengakuji and Misakiguchi stations). For more information visit here

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