#2637

Enospa Sojourn Part 1: “Far from the madding Tokyo crowd at Enoshima Island Spa”

“Take the trains to Enospa for the fastest route to relaxation from Tokyo strains”

Some days, even on one of those lovely sunny mid-winter days that Tokyo is often blessed with, it can still feel too close and up in your face to contemplate another day of stress and strain in the maddening Tokyo streets.

When you feel like that, especially when mulling over your first cappuccino of the day is not hitting its usual spot, this definitely should be the day you make your way out to Enoshima Island Spa, a four floor palisade dedicated solely to health, stress reduction and your personal relaxation.

When you feel like looking up at the Tokyo sky trapped within its narrow streets and overladen with electric cables, mull no longer, this should be the day you make your way out to Enoshima Island Spa. Leaving from Tokyo the best way is to get there is by catching one of the Odakyu Line’s Express or Rapid Express trains that leave at very regular intervals from platforms 4 and 5 of Shinjuku Station which is the Tokyo terminus of the Odakyu Line.

These trains are really fast and will soon have taken you the greater part of your journey to Enoshima. As you get closer you'll need to make changes to the local line trains (all part of the Okakyu Line Company) to your destination of Katase Enoshima station.

Go straight out of the station and you will see the Tourist Information Office which is actually located on the corner of the 80 metre long pedestrian causeway bridge that will lead you directly to Enoshima Island Spa. There are also regular and free shuttle buses to and from Katase Enoshima and The Enoshima Island Spa if you don't want to walk. If you get your timing right you should be able to arrive at Katese Enoshima in just over an hour. As soon as you take your first breathe of clean sea air you’ll already be glad you made the journey. To help get the timing right there are several Googleable train directories in English. For example the very simple yet accurate:

Train Route Finder by Jurodan Co. Ltd.:
http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/e-norikeyin.html

Andrew Grimes image

Andrew Grimes

United Kingdom

Andrew Grimes's other advice

Shimokitazawa Area Restaurants #1 Midorizushi ~ the best of Sushi Shops images

Shimokitazawa Area Restaurants #1 Midorizushi ~ the best of Sushi Shops

There are a few great sushi masters who can transform sushi into food for the gods!Midori-zushi. Among the modest 'sushiyasan' creating traditional sushi along with innovational original dishes, th…

Shimokitazawa Area Restaurants #3 Pizzeria LaBefena images

Shimokitazawa Area Restaurants #3 Pizzeria LaBefena

From the outside of Pizzeria LaBefena it would be understandable if you saw it as no more than any other small one man operation selling Italian~Japanese style catering to the taste of the local mark…

How to become an APRICOT NPO Ambassador for the Children of Tohoku images

How to become an APRICOT NPO Ambassador for the Children of Tohoku

"At Apricot we often get emails asking about how people can get involved beyond donating. There are many ways, as this reply (below) I recently sent to a potential volunteer show..."Hi Laura*,…

APRICOT NPO Giving to the land that gives so much to guests from abroad. images

APRICOT NPO Giving to the land that gives so much to guests from abroad.

APRICOT is now officially APRICOT NPO!Let’s start the October newsletter with some good news. As of October 21st, the APRICOT is an officially registered NPO. We now have to pay a final visit to …

Helping the Children of Tohoku APRICOT News #2 images

Helping the Children of Tohoku APRICOT News #2

The rainy season it seems has done nothing to dampen the spirits of APRICOT’s supporters. Thanks to the growing number of Team APRICOT Children volunteers,we have been very productive and positive fo…

Fujiya Hotel: A Resort Hotel in Hakone, a Hot Spring Resort Outside Tokyo. images

Fujiya Hotel: A Resort Hotel in Hakone, a Hot Spring Resort Outside Tokyo.

Wherever you are in the Fujiya Hotel you are traveling through time, everyday time of course but eras of the passed times that this hotel has lived through since 1878.In Autumn it is mellow, warm…

You might also like

Kusatsu Onsen – one of Japan’s best hot spring resorts images

Kusatsu Onsen – one of Japan’s best hot spring resorts

Visiting an onsen (hot spring) is an authentic Japanese experience“Going to hot springs in Japan is high on the list of great things to do and is a fantastic way to calm the nerves and get refres…

DeepJapan image

DeepJapan

What do do on a rainy day in Tokyo images

What do do on a rainy day in Tokyo

It always feels like such a waste when it is grey and rainy for an entire weekend.So, what DOES one do on a rainy afternoon in Tokyo or Yokohama?Go to the spa, of course!There are several…

Chiara image

Chiara

Mineral-rich Hot Spring in Japan Great for Skin images

Mineral-rich Hot Spring in Japan Great for Skin

It is a rare onsen (hot spring) where visitors can bathe in their bathing suits. When I first came to Japan way back when, I dreaded entering a hot spring area where naked bodies eased in and out of …

 image

How to easily find English speaking doctors & dentists in Japan images

How to easily find English speaking doctors & dentists in Japan

For those of us living or traveling in this country it is not uncommon to be in need of a qualified English-speaking doctor or dentist in Japan. It is also not uncommon to be lost about where to go.…

Aron image

Aron

Visit Enoshima Aquarium when you visit Enoshima Island images

Visit Enoshima Aquarium when you visit Enoshima Island

As a former long-time resident of the area, I'll admit: I used to think Enoshima Aquarium was an overpriced tourist trap. But with each new visit, especially after their renewal, I've grown to really…

Former Deep Japan Writer image

Former Deep Japan Writer

Protecting the Beach and Environment in Enoshima images

Protecting the Beach and Environment in Enoshima

When Michel and Alana Bonzi, the owner-operators of the Soleil Provence French language school in Kugenuma near Fujisawa bought their house in 2008, they knew they'd become an integral part of their …

Former Deep Japan Writer image

Former Deep Japan Writer