An award winning winter illumination of Enoshima

Shonan no Hoseki illumination at Sea Candle and Samuel Cocking Garden.
Every night of December to the middle of Febuary, Enoshima Island is colored with award winning outstanding large-scale illumination event in Japan.
This must-see lights up event is mainly held at Samuel Cocking Garden and other major places in and around Enoshima Island.

About the event

  • When: Every night during the end of November - Febuary 19, 17:00-20:00 on weekdays, 17:00-21:00 on weekend and Dec.23-Dec.30.
  • Where: Samuel Cocking Garden, Kamegaoka Square, Nakatsumiya Square, Oiwayamichi way, Ryuren no Kane (Hill of the Love bell) and Enoshima Iwaya Caves in Enoshima Island. And 4 stations of Enoden Line (Enoshima, Kamakura Koko Mae, Hase and Kamakura) are also light up during the same period.
  • Admission: Free, but admission required to enter for Samuel Cocking Garden and Iwaya Caves.
  • *It might be cancelled in case of heavy snow or too strong windy night.
  • *Exhibit contents may vary depends on year.

At Samuel Cocking Garden

Illuminated garden during the illumination event in Enoshima.
Illuminated trees and chinese style garden house in Enoshima.At the main venue of this light-up event, thousands of brilliant lights are colored and illuminated whole of the botanical garden.
Many tall tropical trees are also decorated with colorful lights and it looks like the huge monsters stands in dusk.

The illuminations are going on the deep into the woods and the forest turned into the sea of lights.
Deep forest turned into the sea of lights. The gate of lights appeared in the garden.

Around Sea Candle tower

The fantastic view of Sea Candle and the garden.
During the period of the event, Sea Candle tower is also specially decorated with lights. It seems that brightness increases more than usual.

The blue-and -purple colored "Tunnel of Light" made of illumination and 60,000 pieces of crystal beads appears between the garden and Sea Candle tower. It is one of the most popular attraction with spectator every year.
Specially decorated Sea Candle for the event. Popular attraction "Tunnel of Light"

Winter Tulip

Tulips are full bloom in winter.
At the entrance of the garden, colorful tulips are in full bloom in spite of the mid winter days that is the coldest season throughout the year.
From the middle of December to end of January, 20,000 tulips planted in the flower beds and displayed here.
It is specially brought up to bloom in the middle of cold days in the winter. These tulips continue blooming for 1 month.
Colorful tulip flowers bloom in the mid of winter. 20,000 tulip flowers welcomes visitor at the entrance.

At Kamegaoka Square

A square covered with lights.
Welcome sign in the square.Decorations of this open square in the top of Enoshima Island is increased dramatically in 2015 and became the beautiful illumination covers the whole area exhaustively.

If you go into the lightful square, there is a welcome sign made with light. Mt.Fuji, dolphins, jellyfishes and yachts appears in the night dark.
From the beginning of February, cherry trees (Kawazu-zakura, a kind of cherry that bloom earlier than standard cherry) are bloom flowers. It might be the earliest cherry blossom illuminations [夜桜(Yozakura)] around Tokyo.
Cherry blossoms illuminated in Enoshima on February. Illuminated cherry blossoms in Enoshima.

At Nakatsumiya Square

Illuminated Nakatsumiya Square in winter.
Decorations of the small square where is in between Enoshima Jinja Shrine Hetsunomiya and Nakatsunomiya Shrine was also upgraded in 2015.
Some "Tree of Light" stands in the center of the square.

Oiwayamichi way

Illuminated deep valley.
The lights leads you to the deep valley.From 2016, Oiwayamichi way is newly added on one of the venue of this illumination event. It means "The light path" appeared and it connects all the illuminaton spots in Enoshima Island.
"Yama-futatsu" deep valley that divide the island also light up during the period.
The handrail of long down stairways dive into the valley is illuminated.

Near Okutsumiya Jinja Shrine

Chochin lanterns for new year and Sea Candle.
In the precincts of Okutsumiya Shrine, here is no special illumination display for the event.
However, we can enjoy the costarring of the light with modern illuminations of Sea Candle and traditional Japanese style illumination that uses Chochin lantern during the year end and new year.

At Ryuren no Kane hill

Illumination display at "Ryuren no Kane" hill.
The lights leads you to the forest.Ryuren no Kane (Hill of Lover's bell) is lighted up such as red, purple, blue and more at regular intervals.
The lights placed in both sides of the narrow path leads you to the depths of the forest.

Around Katase Nishihama Beach

Illuminated Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Line.
Christmas tree of Enoshima Aquarium.The illumination spots are not only inside of Enoshima Island. Around Katase Nishihama Beach, where opposite to Enoshima Island, has some spots.
Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Line, li-up from 16:30 to 22:00 every night until February 19, the same period of the event.

At Enoshima Aquarium, A christmas tree with the theme of sea creatures is exhibited at the entrance until Dec.25.

Enoden Line Stations

Illuminated Enoshima Station of Enoden Line.
At Enoshima Station of Enoden Line, station building and platform are illuminated from 16:30 to 22:00 every night until February 19, the same period of the event.
This light-up event has also held at Kamakura Koko Mae, Hase and Kamakura Station.
On the night of December 31(New Year's Eve), these illuminations turned on through the night.
Illuminations at Hase Station.
Hase Station
Illuminated Kamakura Koko Mae station platfoam.
Kamakura Koko Mae Station
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