Friday, 8 November 2013

Shonan Candle 2013 in Enoshima

EMU Odakyu 60000 series stands at Katase-Enoshima Station on the Enoshima Line
Enoshima Island is a convenient sightseeing spot in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It takes just an hour by Odakyu Romance Car from Shinjuku to Katase-Enoshima, which is the gateway station to the island.

I visited this island with my family last weekend. When we arrived at Katase-Enoshima Station, it was already late afternoon, and it was getting dark. Crossing a bridge, we walked to the island.

Why did we visit the island so late? It was to see "Shonan Candle 2013". Shonan Candle is a night event to promote visitors to Enoshima Island. In this season, the island is lit up by more than five thousand candles after sunset (see the following photo). It is a very beautiful and popular annual light pageant among families and couples. We also enjoyed this "ocean of light" on the island. For your information, "Shonan" is the name of the coastal area facing the Pacific Ocean. It extends along a beautiful beach from the historical city of Kamakura to the castle city of Odawara, including Enoshima Island.

When I returned Katase-Enoshima Station, the shadows had fallen completely. Our return train, the EMU Odakyu Romance Car 60000 series was waiting for us in the twilight (see the top photo). I often get on this train on the way home, but it was something special that day, since it was very beautiful and glaring in the evening gloom.

Enoshima night walk offers extraordinary experiences to visitors.

"Shonan Candle 2013" is held in Enoshima Island near Katase-Enoshima Station