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The Best Beaches near Tokyo to Visit this Summer
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The Best Beaches near Tokyo to Visit this Summer

Jul 04, 2024

Summer is upon us and it's already far too hot to brave the concrete-heavy Tokyo streets. What better way to cool off than to head to the beach? While Tokyo doesn't have any very good beaches of its own, there are plenty of beaches in nearby Kanagawa, Chiba and Ibaraki.

Here are some of the best beaches you can visit from Tokyo.

24541099_s.jpgYuigahama Beach, Kanagawa

Yuigahama Beach, nestled in the historic city of Kamakura, Kanagawa, is a favorite among Tokyo-dwellers due to its close proximity to Tokyo, being just an hour's train ride away. The beach is large, with the shoreline stretching for about 1km, so you can generally find a space to sit despite it being fairly crowded. The water is flat and calm, so it is good for families and less confident swimmers.

Many people play beach volleyball or rent a stand up paddleboard or other beach toy in the beachside stalls. As it's a popular beach, there are pop-up bars and cafes along the sand. It actually has quite a vibrant atmosphere during the summer when the beach huts pop up along the shore. These huts offer a variety of food and drinks, ranging from traditional Japanese snacks to refreshing cocktails.

One good thing about Yuigahama is that you can combine it with Kamakura's cultural sites, such as the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) and many other temples and shrines, makes it a perfect destination for those looking to combine a beach day with some sightseeing (if you are prepared to walk in the heat!)

For those who prefer a quieter experience, visiting Yuigahama Beach in the early morning or late afternoon can be incredibly peaceful. The stunning sunset views, with the silhouette of Enoshima Island in the distance, provide a picturesque end to the day.

Get there: Walk from Kamakura Station

4343488_s.jpgUmi no Koen, Kanagawa

Umi no Koen, located in Yokohama, Kanagawa, is my favourite beach on this list. The reason why is that I have two small kids, and this beach is perfect for families. It is not only a beach, but also a park, so there is a large grassy wooded area where you can sit so that you can get shade and not overheat. There is also a splash pad area where small kids can get wet if the waves are too much for them.

The sandy shore is quite nice, with smooth sand, and is good for sunbathing, building sandcastles, and enjoying beach sports, while the calm waters are perfect for swimming. One negative point is that this beach often gets a lot of seaweed in the water, which while harmless, can be a bit annoying. It's still worth choosing Umi no Koen over other beaches in the area though, as it is also quieter than beaches such as Zushi, so it's less overwhelming if you are not into massive crowds.

Umi no Koen also has well-maintained barbecue facilities. Visitors can rent equipment and enjoy a beachside barbecue, making it a popular spot for weekend gatherings and picnics.

Across from the beach is Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, one of Japan's largest aquariums and amusement parks. This makes Umi no Koen an excellent destination for a day trip, as visitors can easily go from a relaxing day at the beach to exploring marine life or enjoying amusement park rides.

Get there: Take the Keikyu Main Line from Shinagawa towards Misakiguchi then get off at Kanazawa-Hakkei then take the Seaside Line to UminoKoen-Minamiguchi station.

30141190_s.jpgAraihama Beach, Kanagawa

Araihama Beach, situated in the Miura Peninsula of Kanagawa, is a hidden gem known for its clear waters and tranquil ambiance. Unlike some of the more crowded beaches near Tokyo, Araihama offers a slightly more secluded environment, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Of the beaches easily accessible from Tokyo, this one is good as the water is clear and so it's a better spot for diving than many other Kanagawa beaches. You can rent sports equipment on the beach like inflatables or stand-up paddle boards.

There is a rocky area on one side of the beach where children like to take nets and hunt for crabs, and fishermen like to idle away the day. We didn't hike, but there are some nice walking spots on the Miura Peninsula nearby.

The sand here can be shelly and rocky in parts, so beach shoes are recommended.

Araihama Beach is also home to several cozy beachside cafes and restaurants where visitors can enjoy fresh seafood and local delicacies.

Get there: Take the Keikyu Line to Misakiguchi and then catch the Keikyu bus to Aburatsubo.

4363559_s.jpgOarai Sun Beach, Ibaraki

Oarai Sun Beach, located in Ibaraki Prefecture, is one of the most popular beaches in the Kanto region, known for its expansive sandy shore and many summer activities. The beach is part of the larger Oarai Sun Beach Resort, which offers a range of facilities and amenities to enhance the beachgoing experience. The wide, clean beach is ideal for sunbathing, beach sports, and building sandcastles, while the gentle waves make it a safe spot for swimming and water play. As someone with kids, I also appreciate this beach, although it is just as popular with young people out having a good time as during the summer season, Oarai Sun Beach comes alive with various events and activities, including beach volleyball tournaments, music festivals, and fireworks displays. The beach is also well-equipped with showers, restrooms, and rental shops offering everything from beach chairs to water sports equipment.

One interesting point is that this beach is accessible and you can rent wheelchairs to enter the water.

One of the unique attractions near Oarai Sun Beach is the Oarai Aquarium which is home to a vast array of marine life and interactive exhibits. You can combine a day at the beach with a visit to the aquarium if you feel like getting out of the heat.

Get there: First take the Joban Line to Mito then take the Oarai-Kashima Line to Oarai Station then take a 15 minute bus.

3573110_s.jpgIsshiki Beach, Kanagawa

Isshiki Beach, located in the upscale town of Hayama, Kanagawa, is often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. I should point out that this means in the Kanto region, as beaches on West Japan and Okinawa and Kyushu are better.

Known for its clean, white sand and clear water, Isshiki Beach is surrounded by lush greenery and is less crowded than some of the more popular beaches near Tokyo, providing an escape for those looking to unwind.

Isshiki Beach is also famous for its stunning views of Mount Fuji on clear days, making it a favorite spot for photographers and nature lovers. The calm waters are ideal for swimming and paddleboarding, and the beach is also a great place for kayaking. Beachgoers can rent equipment from nearby shops and enjoy a day of water activities.

In addition to its natural beauty, Isshiki Beach is known for its chic beachside cafes and restaurants, where visitors can enjoy gourmet meals and refreshing drinks with a view of the ocean.

Get there: Take the Yokosuka Line from Tokyo to Zushi then take bus 12 to Isshiki Kaigan.

3781855_s.jpgOnjuku Beach, Chiba

Onjuku Beach is a popular retreat for wealthy Tokyoites, with many owning a villa in the area. It's a little far for a day trip but still doable. The sand is soft and clear and you can rent beach equipment and stand-up paddle boards. You can also rent surf boards as this area is known for its good waves.

This beach is good for people who don't like really crowded beaches filled with music and beach houses, as it has far fewer shops and is more peaceful even when crowded.

There is also an onsen in the nearby Katsuura village if you want to wash away the salt water.

Get there: Take the Sobu Line Rapid to Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station then change to the Sotobo Line and take it to Onjuku Station.

3381415_s.jpgKujukuri Beach, Chiba

Kujukuri Beach, stretching along the eastern coast of Chiba Prefecture, is one of Japan's longest and most famous beaches. The beach is a hotspot for surfers as it is known for its big waves and good sand, and there are several surf schools on the beach where you can take lessons or rent boards.

The beach is really long with smooth sand, so it's great for people who want to relax on the beach or to play beach sports like volleyball. As the beach is so long, it's easy to find a spot to yourself, and you can stroll along the sand to your heart's content.

Kujukuri Beach is also known for its picturesque sunrises and sunsets, which paint the sky in stunning hues of orange and pink. The beach's natural beauty and serene environment make it a perfect spot for long walks, beachcombing, and birdwatching.

Get there: Take the JR Sobu Line from Tokyo Station to Togane Station. From there, take a bus or taxi.

29338873_s.jpgNorihama Beach, Shizuoka

Norihama Beach, nestled in the coastal town of Shimoda in Shizuoka Prefecture, is a hidden gem known for its natural beauty and tranquil waters. The small beach is surrounded by lush greenery and rugged cliffs and is definitely the most picturesque on this list. In general, the beaches on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka are the best beaches near Tokyo for quality of water and sand, however they are just that bit further to get to so I only added one on this list.

The clear, calm waters of Norihama Beach are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, so all ages tend to congregate here. The surrounding cliffs offer excellent vantage points for breathtaking views of the coastline and the Pacific Ocean, so it's a good spot if you're into photography too.

In addition to its natural charm, Norihama Beach is close to several other attractions in Nishi Izu and Shimoda, including historical sites and hot springs. You can explore the nearby Perry Road, a charming street lined with traditional buildings and shops, or take a dip in one of Shimoda's famous onsen baths.

If you are interested in an Izu tour while you are in the area, contact us and we can arrange it, there is so much to do in Izu!

Get there: To be honest, public transport is not very good to get here so you should rent a car.

726230_s.jpgMoriya Beach, Chiba

Moriya Beach, located in the city of Katsuura in Chiba Prefecture, is a popular destination for families and water sports enthusiasts. This beautiful beach is known for its clean, white sand and clear, shallow waters, making it a safe and enjoyable spot for swimming and wading. The gentle waves are ideal for beginner surfers and unsure swimmers, while everyone can enjoy relaxing on the sand.

One of the standout features of Moriya Beach is its natural rock formations, which create small coves and tidal pools that are fun to explore. Children love to spend hours discovering marine life in these pools or building sandcastles along the shore.

The beach is well-equipped with amenities, including showers, toilets and rental shops offering beach gear and water sports equipment.

Get there: Take the Sobu Rapid Line to Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station then take the Sotobo Line to Ubara and take bus 12 to Moriya Central.

These are some of the best beaches near Tokyo. If you want to have some more fun by the beach, we recommend this Kamakura cycling tour where you can both sightsee, cycle and swim!

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