Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the most prosperous in the country. A city known for leading the world with the latest technology and innovations. Among all of its hustle and bustle, people tend to get tired and want to find a place to relax and take a breather.
Luckily for them, there are beaches in and around Tokyo that they can visit to take that sought-after relaxation. Even though these beaches may not be the best beaches around, their advantage lies in their close distance to the city. So take a day off and head straight to the 10 best beaches in and around Tokyo.
Beaches in Tokyo
1. Odaiba Beach
Odaiba Beach is an artificial beach that stretches for 800-meters. Being called the entertainment island of Tokyo, Odaiba holds many attractions and among them is the Odaiba Beach. Take note that swimming, bathing, and fishing on the beach being forbidden. The beach is dedicated for strolling and relaxation purposes only. You will often find people playing volleyball and Frisbee along the shore. Sometimes special events like marathons and sailing contests are also held on the beach.
Address: 1 Chome-5-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo 135-0091, Japan
Beaches in Kanagawa Prefecture
2. Isshiki Beach
Isshiki Beach may not be the best beach in Tokyo, but it is a great place to enjoy swimming, kayaking, sun bathing and other activities that you can enjoy at the beach. It’s a pretty decent beach near Tokyo and it doesn’t get too crowded. What’s more, it’s pretty easy to get there from Tokyo. Just get on the train at the Yokosuka Line and ride a bus headed for the beach after you arrive at the station.
Address: Isshiki, Hayama-machi, Miura-gun 240-0111, Kanagawa Prefecture
3. Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura
Yuigahama Beach is one of the many attractions in Kamakura. The beach is quite popular with the locals and tourists who visit Kamakura on a seasonal basis. It’s a great place for surfing and those who love to surf head towards Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura to enjoy the waves. Take note that it can get very crowded at times. You can also check the shops and bars in the area for souvenirs and snacks.
Address: Yuigahama, Kamakura 248-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture
4. Southern Beach Chigasaki
Southern Beach Chigasaki is quite unique even among the beaches around Tokyo. It has been influenced by Hawaiian Culture, and you can be sure to see a few people wearing aloha shirts. The beach is a famous surfing spot and gets crowded very easily. The shops along the way have everything you need for a day at the beach. If you don’t want to swim, you can rent a bike and pedal along the cycling lane to admire the views of the sea.
Address: 4-12986 Nakakaigan, Chigasaki 253-0055, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website: http://southernbeachchigasaki.com (Japanese Only)
Beaches in Chiba Prefecture
5. Moriya Beach
Moriya Beach in Chiba Prefecture is a great place to swim and do a bit of snorkeling. The blue ocean, the sandy beach, and the people make this beach one of the best beaches near Tokyo. A perfect escape for those who want to spend time away from the city. Feel the waves, the breeze and watch the sunset in Moriya Beach then come back for more!
Address: Moriya, Katsuura 299-5244, Chiba Prefecture
Website: http://www.katsuura-sanpo.com/facilities/see-play/post-1374/ (Japanese Only)
6. Katagai Beach
Katagai Beach is another great beach that can be found in Chiba. Since the waves in this area are quite consistent, it is a favorite hang out place for the local surfers in the area. It has a wide sandy beach perfect for strolling and playing with the waves that wash on the shore. For those who love to eat, you can also taste their local seafood specialties like grilled fish and shellfish.
Address: Katakai, Kujukuri, Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture
Website: http://99katakai.com/ (Japanese Only)
7. Okinoshima Beach
Okinoshima Beach is a nice and relaxing beach that can be found at Okinoshima. Okinoshima is actually a desert island connected by a sandy beach. Swimming, snorkeling, and diving are the norms, and the coral life in the area is thriving as well.
Address: 294-0035 Fujimi, Tateyama-shi, Chiba
8. Choshi Marina Beach
Choshi Marina Beach is another thriving beach in Chiba Prefecture. Located on the eastern side of Chiba, Choshi Marina Beach can get crowded during the weekends. A popular beach for the family and you will see a lot of kids playing along with the shore.
Address: 288-0025 Shiomicho, Choshi-shi, Chiba Prefecture
Website: https://maruchiba.jp/sys/data/index/page/id/3208 (Japanese Only)
Beaches in Shizuoka Prefecture
9. Izu Shirahama Beach
Izu Shirahama Beach is a beautiful beach with white sand and clear blue waters. It is a very popular destination during the summer, and if you’re lucky, there won’t be too many people during your visit. There are also plenty of shops near the shore for food, drinks, souvenirs, etc. Once you had enough of swimming, consider visiting the local bars in the area for some food and drinks.
Address: Shirahama, Shimoda 415-0012, Shizuoka Prefecture
Website: http://www.izu-shirahama.jp/beach/ (Japanese Only)
10. Sotoura Beach
Sotoura Beach is a secluded and family oriented beach that is close to Shimoda in Shizuoka Prefecture. It takes a 5-minute bus ride from the Shimoda Station. The path that leads to the beach is not that easy to find, but once you find it, it will be worth it. Gorgeous white sand beach and crystal blue waters will dazzle your eyes. A nice place to spend your weekends at sea.
Address: Sotoura, Shimoda 415-0013, Shizuoka
Data is as of April 2018
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