Enoshima is a gorgeous island near Kamakura where people go to take a break from the city, see some local shrines, and spend the day with their families. Right now in December, there is a lovely illumination event in Samuel Cocking Garden near Enoshima Shrine.
It cost 200 yen to inside and an extra 300 yen to go up the tower. The lights were impressive, and stepping into the area felt like walking into a new world.
Illumination events appear all over the cities in Japan around December and January. Though not always festive, they are a public version of Christmas lights that people can enjoy this time of year.
They certainly pushed the boat out at this garden. Together with the walk past the breathtaking Enoshima Shrine and with a nearby cafe selling french toast, coffee, and other goodies, it was a lovely evening out with friends.
If you’d like to see this illumination, the event will run until February 17th, 2019. For more information about opening times, see the website below.