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Popular Swimming Beaches in Japan


Since Japan is surrounded by oceans, there are so many beaches. Swimming beaches are called kaisui-yokujo, and most of them are open July to August although the opening period vary depending on location. Seaside rest houses called umi-no-ie are commonly constructed on major kaisui-yokujo during the summer. Below is a list of popular locations.

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Shirarahama Kaisuiyokujo, Wakayama

It's a white sandy beach located in Nanki Shirahama Onsen (hot springs) resort.
Location: Shirarahama Shirahama-cho Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama
Access: 5 minutes by taxi or 15 minutes by bus from JR Kinokuni Line Shirahama Station, or 15 minuts bybus from Nanki Shirahama Airport to Shirahama Onsen.
Open: Early May - Late August
Nanki Shirahama Tourism Association

Emerald Beach, Okinawa

It's a beach in the west coast of Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Honto) with emerald green ocean. It's created in Okinawa Kaiyohaku Koen where the famous Churaumi Aquarium is located.
Location: Okinawa Ocean Expo Park (Kaiyohaku Koen)
424 Ishikawa Motobu-cho Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Open: April - October

Shirahama Ohama Kaisuiyokujo, Shizuoka

It's a 800m long white sand beach located along the east coast of Izu Peninsula. It's located about 80miles southwest of central Tokyo.
Location: Shirahama Shimoda-city, Shizuoka
Access: By bus from Izukyu Railway Izu Shimoda Station to Shirahama Beach
Open: July and August
Izu Shirahama Tourism Association Website

Shimao Kaisuiyokujo, Toyama

It's located along the Toyama Bay, facing the Sea of Japan.
Location: Shimao Himi-city, Toyama
Access: JR Himi Line Shimao Station
Open: Early July - Late August
Himi-city Tourist Information

Wadaura Kaisuiyokujo, Chiba

It's a white sand beach located in southern Boso Peninsula in about 50 miles southeast of central Tokyo.
Location: Nigaura Wada-cho Minamiboso-city, Chiba Prefecture
Access: JR Uchibo Line Wadaura Station
Open : Mid. July - Mid. August
Minamiboso-city Website

Aoshima Kaizuiyokujo, Miyazaki

It's a beautiful beach near Aoshima Island along the east coast of Kyushu.
Location: 2-chome Aoshima Miyazaki-city, Miyazaki Prefecture
Access: By bus from JR Nishinan Line Aoshima Station
Open: early July - late August
Miyazaki City Tourism Association Website

Kikugahama Kaisuiyokujo, Yamaguchi

It's a white sand beach, facing the Sea of Japan. It's located east of the ruins of Hagi-jo Castle.
Location: Horiuchi Hagi-city, Yamaguchi
Access: JR Sanin Line Higashi-hagi Station
Open: mid July - mid August
Hagi-city Tourism Information

Marine Park Nezugaseki, Yamagata

It's a beach located near the border between Niigata and Yamagata prefectures, facing theSea of Japan.
Location: Nezugaseki Tsuruoka-city, Yamagata Prefecture
Access: JR Nezugaseki Station
Open: mid July - mid August
Tsuruoka-city Website

Ozuna Kaisuiyokujo, Tokushima

It's a beach along the east coast of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean.
Location: Asakawa Ozuna Kaiyo-cho Kaifu-gun, Tokushima Prefecture
Access: JR Mugi Line Sabase Station
Open: mid July - mid August
Kaiyo-town Tourism Association

Gennadai Kaihin Koen (Seashore Park), Hokkaido

It's surrounded by breakwaters and is called "ocean pool". It's located in the west coast of southern Hokkaido, facing the Sea of Japan.
Location: Genna Otobe-cho, Hokkaido
Access: By bus from JR Esashi Station to Genna stop.
Open: mid July - mid August
Otobe Town Website

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