Upcoming events and festivals information

Here we guide for the events, festivals, seasonal flowers and more for this month and next month. If you have a plan to visit the area, don't miss it!

Swimming beaches open in July 01

Swimming beaches in Kamakura and Enoshima Island are open until August 31.
Seaside rest houses (called as "Umi no Ie" in Japanese) are also open the same period.
Swimming beaches around this area are as follows and also please refer our "Beach and Coast guide" page in detail.
Katase Higashihama (10 minutes walk from Enoshima Station of Enoden Line)
Katase Nishihama (6 minutes walk from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Line)
Koshigoe Beach (3 minutes walk from Koshigoe Station of Enoden Line)
Yuigahama Beach (5 minutes walk from Yuigahama Station of Enoden Line)

Summer illumination events

In August which is the peak of a hot summer, it is said that the spirits of the ancestors will come home to their families in Japan. In order to meet or see off their ancestors, many events will be held thatlight up at night.
Major summer illumination events in Enoshima and Kamakura are as follows.

Enoshima Toro (Aug.01 - Aug.31)

  • The largest summer illumination event in the area.
  • More than 1,000 traditional style lanterns are illuminate the entire island.
  • Lanterns are lit every night from 18:00 to 20:30
  • It may be canceled in case of rain or stormy weather.

Tatsunokuchi Taketoro (on Aug.05 and Aug.06)

  • Another traditional style summer illumination event held in the historical temple near Enoshima Station.
  • More than 5,000 lanterns, that candle in a bamboo tube, are placed in the precincts of Ryukoji Temple.
  • Lanterns are lit from 18:00 to 21:00
  • Around 21:00 on Aug.06 when the event is over, you can take one of the used bamboo lantern to your home.
  • It may be canceled in case of rain or stormy weather.

Hase no Akari Illumination (Aug.21 - Aug.27)

  • 8 shrines, temples and tourist sites illuminated in the end of August.
  • All the venues are normally closed at night. It's a rare chance to see and visit.
  • Illumination will be lit from 18:00 to 20:30
  • It may be canceled in case of rain or stormy weather.
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