Nakamise Street is a slope that leading to Enoshima Jinja Shrine [江島神社]
and here is the most crowded place in the island. Numerous of shops, restaurants
and Ryokan (Japanese style hotel) are lined with both side of long slope.
Proceeding from just the middle of the Street to the right of the alley,
there is a quiet hidden Nishiura Cove.
Upon completion of cross the bridge, You will find a green bronze Torii
Here is the entrance of Nakamise Street that continues to Hetsunomiya main shrine.
And you can see gray colored building on your right. This is "Enoshima Island Spa
" hot springs and restaurants. [Official Site]
The gray colored building has sushi restaurant, burger shop and sweets
shop. Spa facilities are located in the backside ocher colored building.
This green bronze Torii gate built in 1747 and re-built in 1821 by donation
by believers. Their names are engraved on the pillar of the Torii.
There is a frame written as "Enoshima Daimyojin" [江島大明神] meaning Enoshima Jinja Shrine in Buddhism word.
A shopping street in precincts of the shrine or the temple, called as "Nakamise"
in Japanese. Commonly Nakamise Street, are lined with many restaurants,
local fast food shops, souvenir shops and hotels.
In the case of here, most of all restaurants are offer seafoods especially
whitebait and turban shell.
Also there are a lot of Zakka (Japanese style miscellaneous) shops here.
Popular local fast foods and sweets are like compressed octopus snack,
sweet steamed bun etc.
There are too many shops and restaurants. So we will update and give you more detail information on "Eat and Buy" page in near future.
Some famous shops and restaurants in the street are as follows.
[Local fast foods and sweets]
- Asahi Honten [あさひ本店]
- Tako Sembei (Compressed octopus snack)
- Ebi Sembei (Compressed lobster snack)
- Kurage Sembei (Compressed jellyfish snack)
- Kinokuniya Honten [紀の国屋本店]
- Meoto Manjyu (Sweet steamed bun)
- Ice Monaka (Ice cream sandwich)
- [Seafood Restaurant]
- Tobiccho [とびっちょ]
- Specializing in whitebait.
- Harumi Shokudo [ハルミ食堂]
- The originator of "Enoshima-don" (rice covered with cooked turban
shell with egg)
It is tend to be crowded between 10:00 and 17:00 (5:00 pm) in the street.
Because of most of the shops are open around at 10:00, but some local fast
foods shops are open earlier at 8:00 or 9:00.
Restaurants are open at 10:00 or 11:00.
On rainy day or stormy day, they tend to close earlier.
These shops and restaurants are close at early evening.
Some shops close at sunset or around 17:30 (5:30 pm). Most of all of them
are close until 20:00 (8:00 pm).
So if you want buy or eat something here, better to go earlier.
When the ambient opened widely and a big red Torii gate stands in front
of you, here is the end of Nakamise Street. This means that it is the sanctuary
of Enoshima Jinja Shrines from here.
The lively atmosphere until here changes completely, a solemn atmosphere
and the clustering trees surrounds the area.
Around 20:00 (8:00 pm), almost all of shops and restaurants are closed
The busy street go to sleep and covered with tranquility until around 7:00 in the next morning.
In some places of the slope when it comes to night, you can find this kind of tiles that glows faintly yellow-green.
It have some different design, try to find!
On the right side just before Iwamotoro Hotel, there is a really small
and narrow alley. If you proceed the alley to the end...
You'll arrive a small hidden coast that called as "Nishiura Cove
] (means West Cove in Japanese) by locals.
For the shallows where a wave is calm, you can walk around rock coast during
the low tide.
You can enjoy panoramic view of beautiful Mount Fuji over the sea from
Here is also one of the good location to see the sunset.
To other tourist spots or index page