One of the premier tourist destinations of Tokyo’s neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture is the curious little Enoshima island right on the Pacific Ocean coast, in the Sagami Bay (相模湾). It currently belongs to the city of Fujisawa、Katase Town. The island itself is quite small, only four kilometer around but feels much bigger, not least because of its impressive 60m height. It used to be lower, but in 1923 a huge earthquake raised the entire island by two meters. Before that it used to be possible to walk to the island during low tide, but in the last couple of decades the spit of land connecting the island to the mainland has moved slightly eastwards and walking to the island has not been an option for a quite some time now. Despite being such a tiny island relying almost exclusively on tourism, there are still about 406 people living here. In 1955 there was a population peak at 1323 people but the population seems to be declining still. Enoshima has a small local post office though!
I took these photos of the island’s only main street and a few of the back streets that are much calmer. It doesn’t take many minutes to walk all of the streets of this little place but surprisingly few tourists do, most pressing on towards the island interior, which is marked by the large gate of the Enoshima Shrine, the Zuishinmon gate (瑞心門). More photos of Enoshima to come!