Compare this photo with the antique view (picture #1 link at the very bottom of this caption) to see what has happened to the town (and the Ocean!) after 120 years. Actually, it was only about 50 years ago that the land-fill and build-up began to transform the old scene.
You can still see the white cliffs of "Cape Honmoku" poking their tops above the distant curve of the elevated expressway. The old coastline is now traced by a 4-lane surface road, clearly seen running through the village in the foreground -- now a small city. [Use the "ALL SIZES" button and pick "ORIGINAL" to see it better].
Photo by me, taken Nov 2006. I used a slightly shorter focal length lens than what was used for the Meiji-era shot....in order to grab the expanse of the landfill. Even then, the buildup that runs to the distant horizon continues off to the right of the picture.
Here's some nice photos of some shell-picking and 'rickshaw activity on or near the tidal flats that are now covered up by the "progress" seen in the above image : www.flickr.com/search/?w=24443965@N08&q=Shell+Pickers...
If the 'BEFORE" shot (#1) didn't show up with this one in your search results, here it is : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2372184479/