7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan!

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan

Few people associate Japan with beach holidays – it’s a long way to travel and quite expensive compared to other Asian destinations. However, the Japan beach scene is surprisingly good, offering many specialised activities that are unique to Japan, If one knows where to go. Here are just a few of my personal favorite Japan beaches.



 

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan!

 

1. Onna, Okinawa

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan onna

Okinawa is the largest of the southern-most islands of Japan. With the tropical climate and unique culture, it is a fascinating destination in its own right. It also has easily the best white sand beaches in Japan. Onna is located on the central West coast of Okinawa, offering a combination of resort hotels, white sand beaches, stunning coastal scenery and caves, as well as scuba-diving, snorkelling and whale watching.

 

2. Miyakojima, Okinawa

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan miyakojima

Mid-way between Okinawa and Taiwan, Miyakojima is all about its pristine white sands. Yonaha Maehama Beach is celebrated for its seclusion and excellent snorkelling. With smaller islands off-shore, many connected by bridges, as well as capes, wetlands and sugar cane fields, Miyako Island is a paradise.

 

3. Ishigaki

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan ishigaki

Closer to Taiwan than to Okinawa, Ishigaki Island offers many secluded beaches, scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing. One can take a glass-bottom boat to see Shiraho Reef with its rare blue coral, or kayak in mangrove forests. Inland, there are wonderful mountain hiking trails.

 

4. Shirahama

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan shirahama

Closer to Tokyo, the white sands of the Izu Peninsula is a popular Japan beach destination for short breaks or day trips. Shirahama is the best known of these, offering sun-lovers and surfers a wide range of facilities and eateries.

 

5. Kamakura and Enoshima

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan enoshima

These are some of the closest Japan beaches to Tokyo and, though not white sand, they attract huge numbers of sunbathers, swimmers and surfers. Enoshima offers other attractions too, such as a shrine, park, caves and observation tower – Mt. Fuji is visible on clear days.

 

6. Tottori Sand Dunes

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan tottori

Sometimes called Japan’s desert, this is certainly one of the wildest Japan beach areas. Located on the Sea of Japan coast, where summer temperatures are slightly cooler, it is popular for Japanese family holidays. Facilities include beach huts, showers and changing rooms. Camel rides, paragliding and sandboarding make this a truly unusual holiday experience. Japanese film buffs may recognise the area as the location of the 1964 film adaptation of Abe Kobo’s ‘Woman in the Dunes.’

 

7. Chichijima, Ogasawara Islands

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan Chichijima Ogasawara Islands

Chichijima in the sub-tropical Ogasawara Islands, offers the intrepid traveller the most remote white sand beaches and crystal clear seas, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. At around 1000km south of Tokyo, in the Pacific Ocean, and with no airport, reaching this paradise requires a 25 hour ferry journey from Tokyo!

 

Conclusion

Of course, there are many more beaches in Japan, too many to mention here, so visitors and residents are advised to check online travel guides for more suggestions. Check also for any restrictions or potential hazards – dangerous marine creatures, such as jellyfish, or strong currents may prohibit swimming in some locations. Nudity is prohibited in all but a very locations, along with alcohol consumption. Some resort beaches may also prohibit exposed tattoos, so always check well ahead what you can or can’t do at a Japan beach location. And don’t forget a good sun-block!

 

7 Recommended Beaches You Should Go in Japan!

1. Onna, Okinawa
2. Miyakojima, Okinawa
3. Ishigaki
4. Shirahama
5. Kamakura and Enoshima
6. Tottori Sand Dunes
7. Chichijima, Ogasawara Islands