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Low tide connects Enoshima Island directly to Honshu; Tourists enjoy natural phenomenon

The Yomiuri Shimbun
People walk between Enoshima Island, back, and Katase Kaigan East Beach, front, thanks to the tombolo phenomenon during low tide in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Saturday morning.

FUJISAWA, Kanagawa – Thanks to a natural phenomenon that occurs at low tide, Enoshima Island in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, was connected to the rest of the prefecture on Saturday, allowing tourists to visit the island on foot without even having to cross the bridge . although it is usually surrounded by the shimmering blue sea.

The temporary path was created as a result of a natural tombolo phenomenon, in which sand and other material accumulate between the offshore island and Honshu. According to the city’s tourism association, this path is most likely to appear between April and September during low tide, when tide levels drop below 8 inches.

“It’s a rare sight that you can only see when the conditions are just right. I feel lucky to have experienced it,” said an 81-year-old visiting man from Yokohama.



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