Beaches near Tokyo - 5 of the Best Beaches near Tokyo - 5 of the Best

Beaches near Tokyo - 5 of the Best


2019.03.15

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Beaches near Tokyo - 5 of the Best

When the sun is out, and the mercury at an all-time high, the last place you want to be is stuck in the furnace that is the concrete streets of Tokyo. If you're looking for somewhere to cool off, there are plenty of beach towns just a short train ride from the city center. Time to pack your swimming costumes, and beach towels and embrace the Japanese summer!

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    The Beaches of Enoshima

    The Beaches of Enoshima

    The Beaches of Enoshima

    If you want to experience a quick summer weekend escape like the Tokyo locals do it, then head straight to Enoshima. This laid back beach hub is just over an hour from Tokyo and about 40 minutes from Yokohama by train, making it one of the easiest places to escape to. But be warned, in peak season it’s incredibly popular. The area is home to many family-friendly and party-loving beaches, but Katase Beach, is the best for paddling, while Nishihama Beach located right nearby is the unofficial home of Enoshima watersports. If you’re looking for a little extra adventure, you can easily combine a visit to Enoshima with a morning trip to the historic town of Kamakura, which is just a 35-minute ride on the scenic coastal Enoshima Dentetsu Line.

    Enoshima
    rating

    4.5

    1085 Reviews
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima
    phone
    0466224141
  • 02

    Hayama’s Isshiki and Morito Beach

    Hayama’s Isshiki and Morito Beach

    Hayama’s Isshiki and Morito Beach

    Take a 65-kilometer journey from Tokyo down the Shonan coast, and you’ll come to Hayama, a cruisy seaside town, that’s still a bit of a local’s secret. Popular in summer with Tokyoites and Yokohama folk, its off-the-well-worn-train-track location means that it doesn’t see quite as many tourists as the other beaches near Tokyo, but it is still accessible by bus. The area has two main beach sites, Isshiki Beach and Morito Beach, and a visit to each can fit into one day. We recommend starting the day exploring the rugged rock formations of Morito Beach, which are home to the weathered, but no less iconic torii gates. Then when you’re ready to relax head on over to Isshiki Beach to unwind, soak in the sun for a bit, then enjoy a drink or two under the shade of the summer-only pop-up beach huts.

    Morito Beach
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Miuragunhayamamachi Horiuchi
    Morito Beach
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Miuragunhayamamachi Horiuchi
  • 03

    The Beaches Around Minami Izu

    The Beaches Around Minami Izu

    The Beaches Around Minami Izu

    A long-time popular destination for Tokyo locals and a growing tourist destination, the beaches of Izu Peninsula are worlds away from the inner-city concrete jungles. What makes this such an appealing summer destination is the sheer variety and beauty of the beaches on offer. If you’re the adventurous type, try visiting Hirizo Beach, which is accessible only by boat, or Kujuppama a mysterious bay disguised by tall rocky cliffs covered in the untamed foliage. If you’re after something a little easier, there’s always the spacious Yumigahama Beach, the most popular in the area.

    Kujuppama Beach
    place
    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Suzaki
    opening-hour
    [Opening the sea] Mid-July.-…
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    SUP in Onjuku

    SUP in Onjuku

    SUP in Onjuku

    If you like your summer beach adventures with a little-added adrenaline, then consider making the short trip to Chiba, the beach town that’s popular with the surf-obsessed city people. Located around an hour and a half to two hours from Tokyo by train, this long, south-facing beach boasts consistent waves perfect for those trying their hand at mastering the art of the longboard. It’s a great place for first timers too and is home to Flying Sumo Surf Co. a surf school, board rental shop (including SUP), which is also a cafe.

    Onjuku Beach
    place
    Ogun-machi, Iizumi-gun, Chiba Prefecture
    phone
    0470682513
    opening-hour
    [Guardian Hours] 8:30-17:00
  • 05

    Surfing in Oshima & Niijima

    Surfing in Oshima & Niijima

    Surfing in Oshima & Niijima

    Wide sandy bays, clear blue water, and larger than average waves, Niijima is arguably one of the best surfing spots in the country. Technically located within the Tokyo Metropolis, this tropical hideaway is a little further than most from the big city but well worth the journey. Another nearby option is Oshima, a stunning neighboring volcanic island that feels entire worlds away from Tokyo. Both of the sites are accessible from the city via air or boat, so they're probably best reserved for those with a little extra time up their sleeves. If you decide to take the more scenic route and travel by sea, the regular ferry will get you from Takeshiba pier in about six hours for Oshima and eight for Niijima, while high-speed ferry will get you there in two to three hours.

    Izu Oshima
    place
    Tokyo Oshimamachi
    phone
    0499222177
    Niijima Island
    place
    Tokyo Niijimamura Kurone
    phone
    0499250001

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