Enoshima Sea Candle

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Enoshima Sea Candle
Enoshima Sea Candle.jpg
Enoshima Sea Candle as seen from the Samuel Cocking Garden.
Alternative namesShonan Observatory Lighthouse Enoshima Lighthouse Observation Tower
General information
StatusTourist Attraction
Address2 Chome-3-3番地28 Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken 251-0036
Completed31st December 2002
Opened29th April 2003
OwnerEnoshima Electric Railway
Observatory59.8m (119.6m above sea level)
Design and construction
Main contractorShimizu Corporation

The Enoshima Sea Candle (Japanese: 江の島シーキャンドル), also known as the Shonan Observatory Lighthouse,[1] is an observation tower and lighthouse located in the Samuel Cocking Garden on the small tidal island of Enoshima in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan.[2] The tower has two observation decks, the primary indoor deck and a secondary outdoor deck. The primary deck can be accessed via a central lift or spiral staircase, while the outdoor deck can only be accessed by a second spiral staircase.

Completed in 2003, the Sea Candle was built to celebrate the 2002 centenary of the Enoshima Electric Railway.[3][4] The original 1951 Enoshima lighthouse was demolished in order to allow for the Sea Candle to be constructed.[5] On New Year's Eve 2002 a ceremony took place to transfer the lighthouse duty,[5] and the observation decks opened to the general public on 29th April 2003.[3]

In 2004, the lighthouse was awarded a Good Design Award under the category Architecture and Environment Design – Environment Design.[6]


  1. ^ "ENOSHIMA SEA CANDLE (LIGHTHOUSE OBSERVATION TOWER)". Enoshima Electric Railway. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  2. ^ Kawasaki, Satoko (2017-07-29). "Enoshima: An island in the spotlight". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  3. ^ a b "Enoshima Lighthouse Observation Tower "Enoshima Sea Candle" - Japan National Tourism Organization". Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  4. ^ "Enoshima sea candle (fine-view lighthouse) Must-see-japan Fujisawa-shi (Japanese sightseeing promotion association) of the whole country". www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  5. ^ a b "元は落下傘訓練塔だったという今はなき「旧江の島展望灯台」がスリリングすぎたって本当?". はまれぽ.com. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  6. ^ "ENOSHIMA LIGHTHOUSE". Good Design Award. Retrieved 2018-05-06.

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Coordinates: 35°17′59″N 139°28′43″E / 35.29972°N 139.47855°E / 35.29972; 139.47855