Iwaya Caves is in the west end of Enoshima Island and where the beginning
place of a legend as a religious training spot. Since En on Ozunu trained
in Nara era, lot of famous Buddhist monks are trained in the cave and it
has been worshiped as the holy land by occasional statesman.
Reef around the cave is known for locals as fishing spot and magnificent
viewing spot of Mt.Fuji.
Downstairs to the sea
A few more steps from Wadatsumi-no-Miya dragon shrine, there is a really
sharply downfall stairway from the front of seafood restaurant.
If you go downward under the dark and lush trees, around becomes bright
and you will see the sea.
Here is Chigogafuchi Abyss
Its name Chigogafuchi (means abyss of servant child in a temple) has be
derived from tragedy that servant child of temple in Kamakura has committed
suicide 2 times here during Edo era.
You can enjoy magnificent panoramic view of sea and mountain from here.
Evening scenery on a clear sky day is famous and of particular fantastic.
Also it is possible to see Mount Fuji over the sea from here.
There is a white way between rocks that leads to the north. If you go this
way, you can go to the pier of Bentenmaru ferry boat and able to go back
to near Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge
in Katase Town.
(*Operation is unscheduled and depends on weather.)
2 storied building Chigogafuchi Rest House has a viewing terrace and restroom.
Opening hours is same as Iwaya Caves and basically closed at night.
Since the Black Kite always aims at food from the cliff, so do not eat
anything here to avoid your unexpected injury. When deprived of food by
Black Kite, it has sometimes people injured due to the sharp nails and
They are not approach the people who do not have food.
The way has continued ahead between rocks, to the rocky shore and the Iwaya
There is a down stairs to the shore below the cliff and is possible to
fishing and walking on the reef. If you go the way to Bentenmaru ferry
pier, go down the stairs then turn right.
However, it is unable to enter into the reef during the high tide or bad weather, because of sinks into the sea.
During the low tide, you can go down and walk around the reef. There are
lot of tide pool and able to see marine life. The reef around here is a
lot of flat places, it is easy to walk unexpectedly, but please be careful
not to stumble over the rock.
In the late afternoon on sunny day, many people, especially couples and
friends visit here to see the beautiful sunset. The sun sets in the sea
just front of the reef.
If it is good weather and high visibility, you can see Oshima Island from here. In addition, it may mirage occurs on the sea sometimes.
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 a wave and 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 except for stormy weather.
- *It is require to see whole the cave approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
500Yen for Adults / 200Yen for Children
There are two caves in Enoshima Iwaya Caves and you can explore both.
The 156 meters long "First Cave" has been exhibited the historical
and cultural old stone statue, monuments that was enshrined here. Another
one is 112 meters long "Second Cave" .
These two caves are connected with 128 meters long open-air viewing corridor.
You can enjoy the views of the coast, mountainside and the birds lives
This Iwaya caves is said to have connected to the wind cave in Mount Fuji.
Cool breeze is blowing throughout the year in its inside.
When you go the dark narrow "Second Cave" to innermost, there
is a dragon waits for your coming!!
(*Watch your head while walking the "Second Cave", because the
ceiling is low.)
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