Katase Nishihama Beach (片瀬西浜) is another sand beach in western opposite
of Enoshima Island.
The scenery of the beach is really beautiful and Mount Fuji, Izu Peninsula
and mountains in Hakone are seen in the west. The scenery in dusk is splendid,
This beach is also a part of the first swimming beach in Japan and most
popular with Japanese, so it is crowded during the summer season.
The oldest and most popular beach in Japan is also popular marine sports
Because of rough waves from the Pacific ocean comes directly to the beach,
so it is well known place for surfing. Many people come and surf in this
beach from early morning almost everyday.
In sometimes, a local fishing boat does dragnet may come to the shore.
Here is a good fishery, too.
The long beach
The long arc shaped sand beach with splendid scenery is not only for swimming
and the surfing spot but also strolling and the jogging spot for neighboring
When you can come here very early morning, there is a chance to see some birds such as Black kite or Sanderling runs water edge.
At sunset, it is possoble to see the vast evening scene together with Mount
Fuji and mountains of Izu peninsula from the beach.
If you come here at dawn, you have a chance to see the morning sun and
red-dyed Mt.Fuji. It is well known by Ukiyo-e picture called as "AkaFuji
Shonan Kaigan Koen beach park [湘南海岸公園] is in the west side of the beach.
On May and June, white and pink small calystegia flower blooms around here.
There is a steel-frame tower in near the park. It is used as observation
tower normally, but also use as emergency evacuation spot from tsunami
tidal wave on an earthquake.
There are some permanent beach volleyball courts near the seaside of the
park, and here is the first beach volleyball game was performed in Japan
And also here is the shore where the first surfing in Japan around 1960.
A small fisherman's port "Katase Gyoko
is in the east end of the beach next to Enoshima Aquarium. Here has a
breakwater with a lighthouse adjacent to the estuary.
Most of seafoods offered at the restaurants and cafes in the island
comes from this port.
Behind of Katase Nishihama Beach, one of the most famous aquarium in Japan
stands here "Enoshima Aquarium
Information in detail about the aquarium, please see official site
There is a sea life of objects, such as penguins and jellyfish in the flower
beds along the roadside.
Opposite of the aquarium, there is a stylish seaside residential area with
colorful buildings, round-shaped pedestrian overpass and some famous restaurants
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