Located just south of Tokyo is Enoshima, a small picturesque island which will feel a million miles from the madness of central Tokyo but is only an hour away on the train. After exploring the caves and enjoying spectacular views from the viewing tower, treat yourself to some TLC at the wonderful Enospa.
Whatever your ailment, Enoshima Island Spa, or Enospa, has a program with medical courses specifically designed to revitalize and treat muscle aches, stress, insomnia, depression, heart problems and lifestyle problems. Doctors are on hand to diagnose any problems and recommend appropriate therapy including exercise programs, massages, hot spring bathing and nutritional therapy. You can sign up for membership for a longer program and even stay on-site at the hotel. Or you can bypass the doctors and medical therapy by going for a one-off day entry to the spa which features both a mixed bathing area as well as the traditional Japanese hot spring experience.
Concentrating on the spa’s facilities, the bathing suit area is mixed and across two floors with various indoor and outdoor bathing options. The outdoor areas on the second and third floors feature infinity pools which stretch across the pacific ocean, the perfect place to enjoy the sunset. On a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen from the comfort of the warm baths. The only downside is that as in all hot springs in Japan, photos are not allowed, but the spectacular views will be sure to leave an imprint on your memory.
The second floor’s infinity pools are located inside caves with the complex built into the side of the island. With three or four baths, privacy can be had so it’s the perfect place for couples to spend some intimate moments in the scenic surroundings. Additionally, the indoor area features saunas and steam rooms, jacuzzis and large baths as well as a cafe and bar. The fourth floor is separated by sex and bathing suits are forbidden. There is a large showering area where shampoo, conditioner and body soap are provided as well as hotter baths, jacuzzis, and another sauna.
A visit to the restaurant on the fifth floor is also recommended for a romantic meal with views over the ocean. The food is of a higher quality than the usual fare at an onsen restaurant but remains reasonably priced with a set menu and a la carte options. If you’re really looking to pamper yourself opt for the wagyu beef and foie gras in a teriyaki sauce, although this will set you back over 4,000yen. A cafe and burger bar offer cheaper options.
The spa is located on the island of Enoshima, just across the bridge from Katase-Enoshima station which is on the Odakyu line (1 hour 11mins from Shinjuku). Alternatively you can come via Enoshima station (a short walk away) which is 11mins on the Enoshima Dentetsu line from Fujisawa. Full day spa entry costs 2,794yen or 1,705yen after 7 pm (6 pm during winter) whilst massage and medical plans are available at additional costs. Check their website for more information.