What’s your plan during summer?
Summer is just around the conner, why not spend your treasurable summer time at a beautiful beach in Japan? This article will recommend five popular and great beaches in and around Tokyo. We will also introduce some interesting beach activities to make your experience even better.
How many beaches are there in Eastern Japan Area?
Actually, according to “WalkerPlus”, there are more than 100 accessible beaches around Tokyo Area. Beside the beach and ocean, most beaches also have Japanese style beach restaurants (Uminoie) and other entertainment attractions. Moreover, you can even find shellfishes like small crabs at some beaches.
The top five beaches around Tokyo
1. Zushi Beach (Kanagawa prefecture)
Zushi beach in Kanagawa prefecture is best known for its smooth beach and sea waves. It also has the earliest beach opening day. Overall, this beach is said to be suitable for a family trip.
2. Shirohama Central Beach (Shizuoka prefecture)
As its name, Shirohama Central beach has been selected as one of the most beautiful beach in Japan due to its over 700 meters white sand beach. However, it is also a bit farther than other beaches.
Address: Shirahama, Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture
3. Yuigahama Beach (Kanagawa prefecture)
Yuigahama is located near Kamakura area which is also a historical city loved by foreigners and tourists. Its large scale and variety in seaside activity explains the increase in popularity. One thing to remember though is that Yuigahama is not as beautiful as other listed beaches, but all surrounding sightseeing spots and attractions will definitely add value to it.
Address: Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, Yuigahama, ４
4. Odaiba Seaside Park (Tokyo)
Odaiba is located on a manmade island of Tokyo meaning it is the closest beach that is within Tokyo. It’s especially popular among teenagers. However, this beach is prohibited for swimming throughout the year.
Address: Tokyo, Minato, 1
5. Shirosaki Beach (Chiba prefecture)
Shirosaki with its highly transparent ocean and white sand is said to be the most beautiful beach in Chiba Prefecture. It is also connected with the Amatu port park which you can visit together. Further more the Kamokawa Sea World located near this beach is another hot spot for all family visitors. You can arrive there within 2 hours from Tokyo.
Address: Chiba prefecture, kamokawa, Amatu
How to visit those beaches?
60 minutes by JR Yokusuga line from Tokyo Station or by JR Shonan shinjuku line from Shinjuku Station.
Shirohama Central Beach :
Around 2 hour and 50 minutes by express super view odoriko from Shinjuku Station.
Yubigahama Beach :
Around one and half hour by JR Shonan Shinzujuku line and Tokyu Toyoko line from Shibuya Station.
Odaiba Seaside park :
Take Yurikamome or Rinkai line to Odaiba-Kaihinkouen or Tokyo teleport station. Otherwise, you can also take Umi 01 bus from Monzennakacho.
Shirosaki Beach :
Around one and half hour by rapid train JR Uchibo line from Tokyo Station.
What to prepare before going to the beach?
You would have better experience if you make better preparation before you go! Here is the list of recommended items to bring or buy.
- Waterproof sunscreen is a must-bring item to protect your skin from sunburn and UV rays
- Inflatable swim floaters if you would like to swim in the ocean.
- shovel and bucket for small kids who love sands
- Any other sports and activity equipments
What activity should I try at the beach?
Now, let’s explore some popular beach activities to do at these beaches. You are allowed to play in most beach sports including beach volleyball, soccer and frisbee. However, please remember to check the policy and the allowed area of each beach before your departure. Check if your destination has option for surfing and windsurfing if you are interested with that as well!