right at the admission booth, we saw the waiting time to enter the Hydrangeas garden was at least 90 minutes wait. I thought that they were joking but in all seriousness, it was really 90 minutes. Upon entering the main entrance, we climbed up a flight of stairs and given a ticket…..There was a number on it and you just wait for your turn with the crowd for your turn to enter the garden. (Tip: You can exit the shrine once you get your numbered ticket, if I had known about this I would have gotten the number and headed for lunch and be back 60-90 minutes later)
So what did we do for that 90 minutes? We basically managed to get a bench under the cooling mist and took a nap….snacking some Japanese snacks and drinking some cool drinks in between…cos the rain stopped and the sun was out in all its glory.
When your number is called, it doesn’t mean the wait is over. What it means is that you are just done with waiting in the general waiting area and now you can wait for your turn to take the steps and walk around the garden (in line with other people). One thing I appreciate being in Japan is crowd control and the courtesy of most people who would wait in line.
hThis is why everyone was trying this out, freshly made crackers with fresh seafood ingredients. Real fresh lobsters and cuttlefish were used! The seafood were flatten by pressure and heat to create these fresh crackers….Totally recommended if you ever visit enoshima.
When dusk arrives, many cats started coming out to roam around the island. It seems that there is a small community on the island which is raising these cats as the ladies were walking around to place food at various corners of the island.