The beginning place of the history of Enoshima Island

Old stone lantern stands in Chigogafuchi abyss.
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.

Iwaya Caves and Chigogafuchi sightseeing guide

Where to go & What to do?
  • Especially recommended for... Families / Friends / Couples / Photographers
How far? (to entrance of Iwaya Caves, by walk)
  • 42 minutes (2.2km) from Katase-Enoshima Station
  • 46 minutes (2.5km) from Enoshima Station
  • 48 minutes (2.6km) from Shonan-Enoshima Station
  • 7 minutes (350m) from Okutsunomiya Jinja Shrine
Free Wi-Fi spot
  • Chigogafuchi Rest House [稚児ヶ淵レストハウス] (On the way to Iwaya Caves)
  • Iwaya Cave [江の島岩屋] (Tourist Spot)
When you are in case of emergency situation here, please see the page.

Downstairs to the sea

The way take you to the Iwaya Caves.
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.
Sharp downfall stairway to the sea. Overview of Iwaya Cave and around.

Chigogafuchi Abyss

Chigogafuchi Abyss overview.
Here is Chigogafuchi Abyss [稚児ヶ淵] viewpoint.
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.

Sunset scenery with Mt.Fuji in Chigogafuchi.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.
Way to ferry boat pier.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.)
Way to ferry boat pier.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 beak.
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 Caves.
Black kite on the cliff. The way continued to Iwaya Caves between rocks.

Sunset reef

Many people visit and see the sunset in Chigogafuchi.
Downstairs to the reef near Iwaya Caves.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.
Overview of Chigogafuchi from the reef Overview of Iwaya Cave and around.
A wave splashing at the reef. Afternoon seascape near Iwaya Cave.
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.
Overlook of Oshima Island. Mirage occur on sunny day.

Enoshima Iwaya Caves

Inside of Iwaya Caves.
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.
A bridge to Iwaya Cave. Iwaya Cave entrance.
[Opening Hours]
  • 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.
[Admission] 500Yen for Adults / 200Yen for Children
Iwaya Cave entrance.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 there.
Katase Gyoko Port entrance. Fishing boats can be seen from Katase Nishihama.
Overview of Iwaya Cave from the shore. A lighthouse stands end of the breakwater.
Aquarium building.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.)
Objects in front of aquarium. Jerryfish object displayed at the entrance of the aquarium.
inserted by FC2 system