No alarms were set in the Dwyer house Sunday morning. We all agreed that waking up at 2:30am on Saturday morning earned us late sleepers! We eventually made it out of the house mid morning and worked our way to Enoshima Island. To mix it up a little bit, we took the Shonan Monorail train to get to Enoshima. Here was our route from Zushi.
Before tackling the stairs on the island, we stopped for lunch. We were glad to have extra energy. Enoshima Island has a lot of stairs!
Check out the view as we climbed.
Cindy was able to add another stamp to her temple book. While we waited, we had ume blossoms and the fountain to enjoy.
We continued our way to the top of the island. We enjoyed all the selfie spots on the island.
The clouds prevented us from viewing Mt. Fuji. You know what they say… on a clear day…
This might be my favorite picture of the day. Those smiles!
We worked our way down the island and caught the Enoshima Electric train back to Kamakura.
On the way home, I needed to take Cindy to Hachimangū Shrine in Kamakura. This shrine is mandatory on every Julia tour. We skipped it Friday when we were in Kamakura and opted for seeing Sakura. Having a flexible schedule today, we were able to squeeze in a quick visit.
I’ll be honest. My favorite part of the Shrine are the sake barrels.
We were there towards the end of the day. The Shrine wasn’t very crowded, but the light was getting challenging with iPhone.
A few last pictures. The bridge is blocked off because it is only for the Gods to cross. The lighting wasn’t the best, but I love these shots.
As I think about our day, I can’t help but laugh at our reality. We live so incredibly close to so many really cool, beautiful, and iconic parts of Japan. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to live here. It’s so special to be able to share our experiences and neighborhood with Cindy. Tomorrow we have traveling plans on the Shinkansen! Kyoto or bust!