Japan, is not only abundant with beautiful culture, flowers, the four seasons, but it is also blessed with many spectacular beaches around. From Okinawa to Kanagawa, to even Shizuoka, all the beaches in Japan are so welcoming and most of them are accessible from main cities. In this list, Tripfez has prepared 13 beaches in Japan that you can laze around on for that perfect summer Holiday of 2016. Are you ready for a virtual beach-hopping adventure? We bet you are. Let’s go!
1) Naminoue (Okinawa)
This beach is famous among the locals and tourists alike. The night scenery here is remarkable. Their amenities such as lockers and changing rooms are fully equipped which make it easier for visitors. This spot is usually used amongst the people to relax and do recreational activities. Since it is quite near to the Naha Airport, some tourists would even drop by to have a quick swim before leaving Okinawa!
- From Naha Airport – Approximately 15 minutes by car (via highway)
- From Tomari Port – Approximately 5 minutes by car (via highway)
- From Okinawa Expressway Naha I.C: Approximately 25 minutes by car (via highway)
- From the nearest bus stop Kume Yubinkyoku-mae: Approximately 10 minutes on foot
- (Stop for line: 2, 3, 5, 14, 15, 17, and 45)
2) Enoshima (Kanagawa)
The Enoshima beach is probably the most visited and superbly easy to access beach from Tokyo. The ambiance gives you the relaxed, chilled out vibe which reflects the “Shonan Lifestyle” of the area. This beach is visible from Kamakura and is just over an hour away from Shinjuku city. Many people flock here to swim and be engaged in many other beach activities with friends and family. Aside from that, this spot is also well-known for its infamous summer fireworks and the magnificent views of the majestic Mt. Fuji.
- From Tokyo by Odakyu Railways (Range of price: 1250 – 1470 yen)
- From Tokyo by Japan Railways (JR) (Range of Price: 310 – 970 yen)
- From Kamakura: the one way trip to Kamakura and Enoshima by Enoden train takes 25 minutes and costs 260 yen. There are trains available about every ten minutes.
3) Oarai Beach (Ibaraki)
Oarai beach possesses amazing natural scenery on a luscious background forests. It also composes of natural pools which are formed in between the rocks. This place is suitable to catch shellfish and good for fishing. The water in this beach is crystal clear too. This beach is also popular amongst kids because of the abundance starfish and crabs. There is a famous landmark in this area of beach which is the Kamiiso-no-Torii gate. It is definitely splendid to catch a sunset here. This beach is open on July 16th to August 21st yearly.
- By car – 7km on National Road 51 from the Mito-Oarai IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
- By train – 15 minutes by bus from Oarai Station on the Kashima Coastal Railway Oarai Kashima Line
4) Zushi Beach (Kanagawa)
The Zushi beach is situated on the west side of the Miura Peninsula. Due to its availability of strong wind with fewer waves, this spot is amazingly popular among windsurfers around Tokyo. This beach has a crescent shape and its length is about a few kilometers. Mt. Fuji can be seen on a clear day from the south end part of the beach. Activities done here are dog walking, kite flying, windsurfing and plenty more. During summer time which is from June and end of August yearly, this place will become a swimming spot and it hosts a number of beach houses. These beach houses serve live music, food and beverages and much more.
- From Kamakura station use the JR Yokosuka Line to Zushi and then walk south for approximately 10 minutes.
5) Kira Waikiki Beach (Aichi)
This is a famous beach in the town of Kira. It goes by the name “Waikiki” after Hawaii’s well-known beach. How did this place get its name? It was actually given to the combination of two swim areas which are the Ebisu and Miyazaki. The scenery is spectacular and pretty much similar to Hawaii’s Island paradise.
Getting there: It takes only seven minutes by taxi from Meitetsu Kira-Yoshida Station
6) Shirahama Chuo Beach (Shizuoka)
The Shirahama in Shimoda city owns a peaceful long white sandy beach. They have two beaches namely Shirahama in Shimoda city has a long white sandy beach, and there are two beaches called “Shirahama Ohama” and “Shirahama Chuo”. Across the sea, you can view the Izu Oshima Island and the Shirahama beach is perfect for surfing, diving, windsurfing or other types of marine sports. It is said that Shirahama is the most amazing sand beach in Izu and also good for snorkeling because of its abundance of sea corals.
Getting there: Shirahama Beach takes around 20 minutes by walking on the rocks behind Shirahama shrine and only 10 minutes by bus from the Shimoda Station.
7) Kataonami Beach (Wakayama)
If you are in the Kansai area, you will have access to many beaches around the vicinity. Wakayama definitely has many of them. One of the most brilliant beaches is the Kataonami beach. It is famous for its clear, blue and clean water which is perfect for a summer getaway. From Osaka, it only needs around an hour and a half to be reached. If for example, you had enough of exploring the city center, perhaps this beach is the right spot for you to go for a day trip escapade.
- You can take the bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station or JR Wakayama Station
- Only 10 minutes by foot from the Wakanoura or Furobashi bus stop
8) Bayside Beach Saka (Hiroshima)
This is a relatively easy beach to go to. It is open to public all year round and people flock here to enjoy activities like jet-skiing, fishing as well as wind surfing. During summer, the beach will be packed with beach-goers heading to the sea to cool off. This “man-made” beach is strategic in location and beautiful in scenery. It is close to Hiroshima city center too.
- It takes 30 minutes to drive to Bayside Beach Saka from Hiroshima city. Then, on local roads, follow Route 2 towards Kure and after transitioning to Route 31, you will see it on the right.
- If you are on the Hiroshima-Kure road, exit at Saka Minami or the next exit, Tenno-Nishi and double back (past Portopia land amusement park).
- If you travel by train, the Mizushiri Station is the 6th stop after Hiroshima on the Kure Line and is just adjacent to the beach.
9) Kondoi Beach (Okinawa)
The Kondoi beach has smooth sandy beaches and tranquil clear water. It features the longest stretch of sand on the Taketomi Island which is one of the Yaeyama Islands. This spot is the seamless spot to have a spectacular swimming experience for all visitors.
Getting there: The beach is easily accessible from Ishigaki. There are regular ferries departing every half an hour for Taketomi.
10) Hayama-Isshiki Beach (Kanagawa)
For those who plan to stay only in Tokyo, the beaches in Kanagawa prefecture can easily be reached. The Hayama-Isshiki beach although a lesser known spot compared to the ones near Zushi, but frankly speaking, the scenery is simply breath taking. This place is a great place for those with an adventurous heart.
- You can use the Museum of Modern Art, Hayama (Sangaoka bus stop) as your landmark if you drive a car
- If you come by bus, just get off the bus at Issiki Kaigan. It is only a short 3-minute walk from the bus stop.
11) Moriya Beach (Chiba)
Did you know that the Moriya Beach and its neighboring beach which is Ubara beach are ranked in the top 50 most awesome beaches in Japan? If you didn’t know that, now you do! This spot is a favorite place for beach goers for many years, especially during summer time. During this season, most accommodations are fully booked months in advanced. The two beaches shaped as horseshoe bays has white sandy beaches and refreshing green water. During the summer, you can just laze around and enjoy the beach or perhaps go and dip into the rejuvenating ocean. There are beach houses that serve food and beverages for visitors.
Getting there: Via the Express to Ichihara take an exit on the Tateyama highway then take route 297 straight across to Katsuura, Chiba. At the coast, turn left and head to Hebara (3 km) or right to the south beaches (5 km).
12) Suishohama (Fukui)
The Suishohama in Fukui is a bathing beach that accepts sea bathing tourists domestically and internationally. The beach is described by its powder-like and sparkling white sandy beach. Those who love marine sports such as windsurfing or jet-skiing often come here to have an adventurous experience.
- From the JR Tsuruga station, take a bus and get off at “Suisho Hama”
- It takes on 30 minutes by car from Tsuruga IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
13) Kujukuri Beach (Chiba)
This extensive stretch of beach in Chiba is the second elongated beach in Japan! Those in Chiba or other areas of Kanto often come to adore exceptional swimming due to the lack of reefs as well as surfing at this beach. Aside from that, this area is also wealthy in history and many other engaging beach activities. The area also has plenty of interesting history and activities.
- By car – Going by car is by far the most convenient way to visit the beach. You could quickly head to the beach via the Togane – Kujukuri Toll Road or take one of the smaller but toll-free roads. In either case, you will enter the Inaka, the Japanese countryside.
- By train – Take the Sobu Main Line to Togane Station and from there hop on a local bus. The southern part of Kujukuri Beach is connected by the JR Sotobo Line (Chiba – Awa-Kamogawa). It also runs far inland but also comes within a walking distance (1 – 2 km walk) of the beach at Torami and Taito stations. They are close to the southern end of Kujukuri Beach.
There you have it, 13 beaches in Japan which are perfect for your summer holiday this 2016. All you need to do is select your beach and you are ready to go! We sure hope you enjoy this list. Don’t forget to let us know how it goes if you visit any of them.