Local festivals and events guide at Enoshima and Kamakura

Mikoshi goes up the slope to the shrine
Illumination of Enoshima in winter.There are various kinds of events and festivals are held through the year in Enoshima and Kamakura, from those that began recent years using state-of-the-art technology to traditional rituals that have been going on for a long time. There is also some festivals based on a historic facts.
Even as for the event or festival to be held at night, you can enjoy it until late night, because it takes only 1 hour by train from here to Tokyo!

Here we guide you some of them, and also the season's flower which you can see in Kamakura and Enoshima.
Enjoy the culture, history and nature of Japan!!

Annual festival and event schedule

Link to Winter Illumination Link to Enoshima's biggest festival Link to Summer Illumination
Link to Hase Illumination Link to Samurai Parade Link to fireworks

Spring

You can see samurai parade on Yoshitsune MatsuriMarch
  • Shonan Enoshima Spring Festival 2017 (Mar.11and 12, at whole of Enoshima Island)
April May
  • Colors-Fest! Art, music, dance and gardening events

Summer

Tennosai is the most biggest traditional festival in EnoshimaJune
  • Colors-Fest! gardening events
  • Hydrangea flower season (Mid of Jun.- mid of Jul.)
July
  • Yoimiya evening festival of Tennosai (at Enoshima Island and Koshigoe on 2nd Saturday of July.)
  • Hydrangea flower season
  • Beach season (July 01 - August 31)
  • Kamakura Hanabi Taikai fireworks display 2017 (July 19 19:20-20:10)
August
  • Enoshima Toro summer illumination lantern festival (at whole of Enoshima Island on Aug.01-31)
  • Beach season (until Aug.31)

Autumn

Shonan Candle illumination on Nobember.September
  • Eno-fes (Various events in and around Enoshima Island until November)
October November
  • Autumn Colors season

Winter

Mysterious illumination on Valentine Island Enoshima eventDecember January February
  • Shonan no Hoseki winter illumination (at whole of the island and more. until Feb.19)

Colors-Fest!

Colors-Fest! flower gardening events in Enoshima.
Art and music events that made the main event of spring flowers gardening will be held from the middle of April to the middle of June.
In the main venue of these events, Samuel Cocking Garden, flowers in full bloom are decorated everywhere. Also at the rose garden, the rose trees that are presented from Canada will be in the full bloom in the middle of May.
Inside the ruins of the greenhouse in the center of the rose garden, which was built in the late 1800's, is also open to the public during the events and can enter and see inside.
The displayed flowers in Samuel Cocking Garden. Spring flowers gardening in Enoshima.
The rose flowers are in full bloom dhuring the event. Rose garden in May.
Various flowers are in full bloom in the garden during the event. Inside of the ruins of the old greenhouse.
"Maid in Enoshima" art exhibition by local artists will be held from the middle of April to the middle of May in Sea Candle tower.
Weekend afternoon of May will hold music live stage, Hawaiian hula dance and Tahitian dance event at the stage near Sea Candle tower.
[How to join or see the event]
When? Middle of April to the middle of June
Where? At Samuel Coking Garden on the top of Enoshima Island (Admission required)

Suwa Jinja Shrine Festival 諏訪神社例祭

Mikoshi and floats meeting at the street.
On August 27, Suwa Jinja shrine in Katase Town is held an annual festival.
"Mikoshi" (portable shrine) walks around the town from 4:00 AM in theearly morning and goes to Katase Higashihama Beach. Then, it will enter the sea around  5:00 AM and march for a while.

Mikoshi and "Dashi" traditional wooden floats are get together again in front of Ryukoji Temple in the late afternoon. Then, they parade the road and go to Suwa Jinja in the evening.
While waiting for get together, Mikoshi and floats are parked on the road. You have a rare and great chance to see them very in front!! And also able to see Enoden train passing by aside of them.
Around 18:00 (6:00 PM), the parade departs for the shrine walks along the road playing traditional "Ohayashi" music for the festival.
Traditional wooden floats paking in front of Ryukoji Temple. Mikoshi portable shrine and floats.
A train passing aside of floats. Cartoon painted train and festival floats.
An classical train passing aside of floats. People and Dashi floats which parade for Suwa Jinja shrine.
Row of wooden floats. Many young people joins the traditional festival.
[How to join or see the event]
When? From 18:00(6:00 pm) of August 27
Mikoshi and Dashi floats has already parked before 17:00(5:00 pm)
Where? In front of Ryukoji Temple (Several minutes walk from Enoshima Station)
The parade goes to Suwa Jinja Shrine towards the west
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