East side of Enoshima Island is a flat residential area and a harbor area
that has been developed landfill the sea in 1960s.
While "Higashimachi" residential area that is keeping the atmosphere
of a small quiet fishing port town.
In contrast, a number of colorful yachts are moored in the harbor. Modern buildings are lined in the seaside such as Shonan Port office, big lighthouse and breakwater with wood deck.
On the left side of you have finished crossing the bridge, seafood restaurants,
seafood shops and cafeterias lined up along the main road. Here is the
entrance of Higashimachi
[東町] (means "east town").
Some popular restaurants and cafeterias are always crowded and customers
who are waiting makes long line through the day.
The road surface of this area, tiles to introduce the shellfish that lives
in the sea around here are embedded.
When you enter the alley from the busy main road, there will be a space
full of tranquility.
On both side of the alley, a few shops and restaurants in between the houses
are dotted. It is less people here, except for cats passing sometime.
Here is residential area. Please do not make noise in a loud voice and
not to enter the private lands.
As hide between the houses, there is a small temple that seems like built
to be covered by the cliff. This Enmeiji Temple [延命寺]
is closed usually, so we can see only outside basically.
It is possible to go to Hetsunomiya
main shrine in the half-way up the mountain, directly from here through
the alley, the locals who really know.
If you look carefully around, a sign of the alley to the shrine is attached
some places such as utility poles and walls. The alley continues towards
the mountain while passes between the houses.
(*This way is also emergency evacuation route to higher place, in case of earthquake or tsunami tidal wave.)
Some of the branch alley that splits into left and right, these alley to
go down or dead end.
If you lost your way, please find a green arrow sign that put on the alley.
It indicates emergency evacuation way to Samuel Cocking Garden via Enoshima
When the alley will be in the second half, it will be go up the mountainside
As you go up the stairs, landscape of Higashimachi will have spread in
The way becomes downhill gradually, then combined with stairway, the goal
is just around the corner! There is a Torii gate of Hetsunomiya main shrine
on the right side, here is the end of this alley.
Originally, Shotenjima was an independent island. It is reclaimed to build a port and yacht harbor, it became part of land in 1962.
Since the rocky mountain is suddenly appear look and shape are similar,
some people are calling as "Baby-Ayres Rock".
If you go there, you can meet cats
In opposite of Shotenjima Park, there is a white building with glass-walled.
It is Enoshima Yacht Harbor
office, cafe, public rest space and open-air viewing deck.
8:30 - 17:00 (5:00 pm), Closed on Tuesday
Free for rest space and viewing deck
It was built as the first sailing harbor in Japan in 1964 for the Olympic
games in Tokyo, and will use again for sailing venue in 2020.
It has a vast facility that can be more than 1,000 yachts mooring.
You can overlook the harbor, if you go to the rooftop viewing terrace on the yacht harbor office building. This viewing terrace also use as the emergency evacuation spot in case of a tsunami tidal wave.
In the back of Harbor office building, There is a cauldron, which was used
in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964, has been preserved.
Center promenade have been open for public visitors. There are some facilities
such as Sazae Island
and tide pool
that can observe sea life.
The name of Sazae Island is inherited the name of small island originally
there was here.
In the back of the harbor, there is a sea embankment and boardwalk, it
has a famous fishing spot for local people. Inside of sea embankment is
a vast parking lot.
Part of the boardwalk near the lighthouse on the sea embankment, the floors
are made of wood.
There is a white lighthouse that has 18.2 meters height. It is not open
for public, so unable to see inside.
While looking at the small reef that seagulls gather (only in winter),
and walk the embankment towards south, there is a rough mountain in front
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