Enoshima(江の島?) is a small offshore island, about 4 km in circumference, at the mouth of the Katase River, which flows into the Sagami Bay of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Part of the mainland city of Fujisawa, it is linked to the eponymous Katase section of that city by a 600 meter-long bridge. Home to some of the closest sandy beaches to Tokyo and Yokohama, the island and adjacent coastline are the hub of a local resort area.
Benzaiten, the goddess of music and entertainment, is enshrined on the island. The island in its entirety is dedicated to the goddess, who is said to have caused it to rise from the bottom of the sea in sixth century. The island is the scene of the Enoshima Engi, a history of the shrines on Enoshima written by the Japanese BuddhistmonkKōkei in 1047 AD.