Travels: Enoshima

8 Jul

We took our first unaided, unguided trip last weekend. I really wanted to go to the aquarium I saw when we were in Tokyo the previous weekend, but getting to and around Tokyo can be a bit tricky (since Tokyo is SO HUGE, and we can’t really read signs). So Brent did some digging and found a closer, easier to find aquarium to please my fish-viewing cravings.

This map shows the general area where we are, and have traveled so far. We live in the Sagami-ono area, and this post is about Enoshima, on the coast.

our local area- where we live, where we've gone, and where we plan to go

our local area- where we live, where we’ve gone, and where we plan to go

Side note: Brent is like…a master traveler. He has been able to find every place we’ve wanted to go just by looking at maps and schedules. It’s absolutely stress free for me to travel with him – we never get lost and we’re always there on time. It’s great. (and those of you who know me well know that I have a poor sense of direction and map-reading.)

Anyways- We really had no idea where we were going and I was so excited when we got there that it was right on the beach! I didn’t think I’d get a chance to see a beach while we were here, so that alone was worth the train ride.

Enoshima Island - a small island off the coast (view from the aquarium)

Enoshima Island – a small island off the coast (view from the aquarium)

The aquarium was pretty cool. It was based on all the sea-life present in the area around the aquarium (Sagami Bay).

Big tank with all the local seal life

Big tank with all the local seal life

They have a famous jellyfish display that shows up in a lot of dramas and comedies in Japanese television/movies, we’re told. It was my favorite part!

One of the many species of jelly fish on display

One of the many species of jelly fish on display

Brent feeling a few small sharks in the touch tank

Brent feeling a few small sharks in the touch tank

The best part about this trip was just being by the ocean. The area we were was a typical beach town, and reminded me a lot of being in California. The beach was a very large public beach with tons of surfers catching waves. It isn’t really “beach” season yet, so it wasn’t very crowded.

mountain view from the beach

mountain view from the beach

Apparently, on high-visibility days, you can see Mt. Fuji very well from here – unfortunately summer is very poor for that!

We found a very tasty Italian restaurant and finally got what we’d been craving: pizza!

Pizza time!

Pizza time!

We went back Sunday for a relaxing beach day. We aren’t really beach people…so this was kind of a short beach day. We did dig up a starfish, caught some rays, and a bird almost took my finger with the cookie it stole out of my hand. Literally snatched a cookie right out of my hand, and I never saw it coming! Apparently, it was a black kite, which resembles a small hawk. Crazy.

cookie snatcher

cookie snatchers

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