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Admission to Enoura Observatory

In order for visitors to experience Enoura Observatory as if they were living in a less-densely populated pre-modern time, the number of visitors entering the site at each admission time will be limited. Purchase your reserved ticket using the “Purchase a ticket” link on this page.

Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday; New Year’s holidays and temporary closures due to special circumstances
Admission Hours

Two admission times a day: morning admission (10:00am - 1:00pm) & afternoon admission (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Admission Price

Reserved Tickets
3,000 yen (tax not included)

Walk-up Tickets
3,500 yen (tax not included)

A limited number of walk-up tickets will be sold depending on the number of reserved tickets booked for a particular admission time. If the number of reserved tickets has reached the designated limit, no walk-up tickets will be sold.

Call the office (0465-42-9170) between 9:00am and noon on the day of your planned visit. Walk-up tickets can be purchased at the reception desk upon your arrival (cash, credit card and electronic payment accepted).

  • *Due to the unique nature of the premises and for safety reasons, visitors must be twelve years or older. We may ask visitors to present an official ID such as a passport, student ID, etc. in order to confirm their ages. Please be prepared to show appropriate identification at reception if required. Thank you for your understanding.
  • *There is no discount for groups.
  • *Visits by coach buses are not permitted. For information on how to get to Enoura Observatory, please refer to "Access."

Access

[Public Transport]

Nearest train stations: JR Tokaido Line Nebukawa Station and Manazuru Station

From the nearest train stations

1) Nebukawa Station
There is a free shuttle bus between Nebukawa Station and the Observatory.

・Morning admission (10:00am - 1:00pm)
Departure times from Nebukawa Station: 9:45am / 10:05am / 10:30am
Departure times from the Observatory: 11:45am / 12:30pm / 1:05pm

・Afternoon admission (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Departure times from Nebukawa Station: 1:15pm / 1:35pm / 2:00pm
Departure times from the Observatory: 3:15pm / 4:00pm / 4:35pm

* Using the shuttle bus is strongly recommended as the Observatory is located off of a heavily trafficked, narrow mountain road approximately 45 minutes on foot from Nebukawa Station. The bus has a limited number of seats. If you plan to use the bus, please book a place when you purchase your ticket.

・The station is unstaffed and has only one exit.
・There are no elevators, escalators or coin operated lockers.
・The ticket vending machine (also for charging IC cards) operates only from 7:00am to 4:30pm. After 4:30pm, please use the orange machine (see the link below) to get a boarding certificate from Nebukawa Station. Press the button and a certificate will be issued free of charge. Present the boarding certificate to one of the station staff at your final destination. You will be charged the fare from Nebukawa Station to the destination station at that time. 

[For your reference] Click below to view the images.
Ticket vending machine at Nebukawa Station waiting room
Boarding certificate issuing machine at Nebukawa Station waiting room

2) Manazuru Station
Use one of the taxis waiting outside the station.
Travel time: approximately 10 minutes / Taxi fare: 1,800~2,000 yen

From Tokyo

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From Nagoya and Osaka

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From Tokyo
Tokyo Station Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama Odawara Station Approx. 35 minutes
Shinjuku Station Odakyu Ltd. Express Romance Car Odawara Station Approx. 70 minutes
Shinjuku Station Odakyu Rapid Limited Express Odawara Station Approx. 90 minutes

* Change at Odawara Station

JR Tokaido Line Odawara Station Nebukawa Station Approx. 7 minutes
JR Tokaido Line Odawara Station Manazuru Station Approx. 12 minutes
From Nagoya and Osaka
Nagoya Station Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari Atami Station Approx. 85 minutes
Shin-Osaka Station: Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi/Kodama Atami Station Approx. 3 hours

* Change at Odawara Station

JR Tokaido Line Atami Station Manazuru Station Approx. 8 minutes
JR Tokaido Line Atami Station Nebukawa Station Approx. 13 minutes

[By car]

Limited parking is available. Since the number of spaces is limited, please reserve a parking space when you book your ticket.

[By chartered bus]

Please make sure when arranging a chartered bus for your group that the bus does not exceed seven meters in length. The parking lot of the Observatory cannot accommodate buses longer than seven meters. For the safety of our guests, loading and unloading of passengers must take place in the parking lot. Stopping to load and unload passengers on the road leading to the Observatory is not an option as the road is extremely narrow and winding with poor line of sight. Thank you for your understanding.

From Tokyo and Nagoya

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From Tokyo
Tokyo
↓ (Tomei Expressway 45 km)
Atsugi Interchange
↓ (Odawara Atsugi Road 32 km)
Odawara Nishi (West) Interchange
↓ (Seisho Bypass 5.4 km)
Ishibashi Interchange
↓ (Turn onto National Highway 135 Prefectural Road 740 [toward Nebukawa Station] 6.2 km)
Enoura Observatory
From Nagoya
Nagoya
↓ (Tomei Expressway 223 km)
Numazu Interchange
↓ (Tomei Expressway 45 km)
Oimatsuda interchange
↓ (Prefectural Road 711 8 km)
Odawara Higashi (East) interchange
↓ (Odawara Atsugi Road 7 km)
Odawara Nishi (West) Interchange
↓ (Seisho Bypass 5.4 km)
Ishibashi Interchange
↓ (Turn onto National Highway 135 Prefectural Road 740 [toward Nebukawa Station] 6.2 km)
Enoura Observatory

Purchase your ticket

Reserved Tickets

1. Use "Purchase a ticket" link
Select:
Date & Time
Mode of transportation (free shuttle bus / parking / other)
Number of tickets

A confirmation email will be sent to you.

2. Payment
Credit card only

Walk-up Tickets

1. Call the office on the day of your planned visit
Call the office (0465-42-9170) between 9:00am and noon on the day of your planned visit to confirm that walk-up tickets are available. Walk-up tickets will not be available when the number of reserved tickets for a particular admission time has reached the designated limit.
Please let us know if you are coming by a free shuttle bus, car or taxi when you call us the day of your planned visit.

2. Payment
Walk-up tickets can be purchased at the reception desk upon arrival (cash, credit card, and electronic payment accepted).

Once issued, tickets are non-refundable and cannot be amended.

Please read the following before buying your ticket.

For your safety and enjoyment

No one under the age of twelve will be admitted due to the nature of the complex and for safety reasons.
Most of the complex is out of doors. There are some sloping areas, so please be careful when walking around. We recommend wearing shoes that are good for walking.
Odawara Art Foundation takes no responsibility for any accidents arising out of visitors’ negligence.

The new area open to the public from October 1, 2018, is accessible via unpaved walking paths down the hill from the Gallery. Access to the new area may be restricted when it is raining or if the paths are wet and slippery.

  • ・Do not touch the walls, windows or works of art.
  • ・Do not use fountain pens, ink or paint in any of the buildings.
  • ・The whole complex is a no-smoking zone.
  • ・It is forbidden to use mobile phones inside any of the buildings. If you use your phone within the grounds, please do so in a manner that causes minimum annoyance to other people.
  • ・Do not eat or drink outside other than in the designated areas. Kindly take your rubbish home with you.
  • ・Pets are not allowed anywhere in the complex. However, we welcome visitors with guide dogs, hearing dogs or assistance dogs.
  • ・Due to the unique design of the complex, some parts are not wheelchair accessible. We ask for your understanding.
Bad weather
If Odawara Art Foundation decides that it is unable to guarantee visitor safety after the Japan Meteorological Agency issues a warning, or if JR and other public transport systems suspend their services, or if there is heavy rain, heavy snow, or strong winds, we may temporarily close the complex without advance notice.
We will announce any such temporary closure on our homepage. We appreciate your understanding.

FAQ

Q: I don’t have a reservation, but can I visit the Observatory today?
A:A limited number of walk-up tickets will be sold. Walk-up tickets will not be available when the number of reserved tickets for a particular admission time has reached the designated limit. We recommend that you reserve a ticket online to ensure that you are able to experience the Observatory at your preferred date and time.
Q:Can I enter the Observatory if I arrive after the starting time of my visiting session? 
A:Yes; however, visitors must enter at least 45 minutes before the designated ending time of their visiting session. Also please note that visits conclude at the designated ending time for the visiting session.
Q: What should I do if I get hurt during my visit ?
A: In the unlikely event that you injure yourself, please speak to a member of staff. There is a first aid kit in the reception area.
Q: Can we visit Enoura Observatory if it is raining?
A: Enoura Observatory is open for visitors even if it is raining and only closes in the case of severe weather. On a rainy day, visitors can enjoy seeing the sheen of the wet stones and the pearl-like raindrops nestled among the moss.
Bamboo Grove Area is accessible via unpaved walking paths down the hill from the Gallery. Access to the new area may be restricted when it is raining or if the paths are wet and slippery.
Q: Do you have lockers?
A: A limited number of free lockers are available in the complex. However, they cannot accommodate large pieces of luggage or bulky items as camera tripods.
Q:Is there a coffee shop or restaurant at the Observatory?
A:No. There are vending machines selling beverages on the site. 
Q:Do you have a souvenir shop?
A:There is no shop, but publications related to Hiroshi Sugimoto can be purchased at the reception desk.
Q: How can I find out about other interesting things to see nearby?
A: Please visit Odawara City Tourist Association’s website.