Walking along the way between the rocks, there is a bridge followed to
Enoshima Iwaya Caves [岩屋]
It takes more than 40-minutes walk from train stations in Katase town.
This Iwaya Caves was made by erosion by waves and it become ancient religious
training place. Then, it was renovate for tourism and has been open to
the public from 1993.
- 9:00-16:00 (4:00 pm) in winter.
- 9:00-17:00 (5:00 pm) March to mid of October.
- 9:00-18:00 (6:00 pm) Weekend & holiday on end of April to September
- *Open everyday
- *In case of stormy weather or high waves, it may be closed or closed earlier
- *It is require to see whole the cave approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
500Yen for Adults / 200Yen for Children
When you pass the entrance, there is a descending staircase, and the passage
There are signs on both sides of the passage, depicting the history of
islands and caves.
As you go through the passage, there is a pond in front, and you will arrive
at a place where the passage is divided in two directions.
If you go to the left, you will go to the "First Cave" and if
you go to the right, you can go to the "Second Cave".
The "First Cave"has a length of 152m and is divided in two directions
along the way.
There is a legend that the cave on the left is connected to Mt. Fuji, but
it has not been open for the public. However, sometimes cold winds blow
from the back of the cave.
On the other hand, the right cave is the original place where Enoshima
Jinja Shrine enshrined in 552 and there is still a small shrine.
Stone statues of gods and Buddha placed along the way were made or donated
by many monks who practiced spirit at this cave.
From the First Cave to the Second Cave, it is connected with 128 meters
long open-air viewing corridor. You can enjoy the views of the coast, mountainside
and the birds lives there.
The "Second Cave" has 52m long and exhibit an island's old legend
about the dragon god.
This "Second Cave" has small sideways in several places, but
they are all connected to another parallel cave so you don't have to worry
about getting lost.
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