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Enoshima, Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Enoshima, Japan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Enoshima?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Enoshima, they said:

"Enoshima is a small island off the coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, known for its beautiful views, shrines, and seafood. Before moving to Enoshima, expats should know that the primary language spoken is Japanese, so learning the basics of the language would be beneficial. The cost of living in Enoshima can be high, especially when it comes to housing and dining out. Public transportation is reliable and efficient, with the Enoshima Electric Railway connecting the island to the mainland. The island is also very walkable, but be prepared for lots of stairs and steep hills. Enoshima has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Typhoon season typically occurs between June and October, which can bring heavy rain and strong winds. The island is known for its seafood, particularly its shirasu (whitebait) dishes. There are also plenty of other dining options, from traditional Japanese cuisine to Western-style restaurants. Healthcare in Japan is of a high standard, but it's important to secure health insurance, as medical costs can be expensive. Enoshima is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months, so it can get crowded. However, it also offers a slower pace of life compared to Japan's larger cities. The island is home to several important cultural sites, including Enoshima Shrine and the Samuel Cocking Garden. While Enoshima is generally safe, it's always important to take standard precautions, such as locking doors and being aware of your surroundings. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. This includes removing your shoes before entering someone's home, bowing when greeting others, and not speaking loudly in public places," wrote one member in Enoshima.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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