Beyond cherry blossoms: Japan has some of the most underrated beaches
Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Here’s a list of four must-visit beaches in Japan.Updated: Mar 29, 2018 08:33 IST
Known for its rich culture, Japan is also popular for its amazing beaches. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples.
Here are four most underrated and must visit beaches in the country:
A famous spot for a sunset view Goshikihama is a beach of colourful pebbles. The name Goshiki (meaning five colours) comes from the fact that the pebbles filling the beach shine in five different colours like gems when washed in water.
The place is known for its beautiful sunset view, with the splendid sight of the sun setting on the horizon. The pebbles show even more delicate tones as the sky changes colour at dusk. The glittering sea reflecting the red sun rays are in harmony with the colourful pebbles.
The road along the beach is called Sunset Line. You can see the setting sun from anywhere on this road.
This is a resort beach that represents an isolated island of Okinawa, Miyako Island, and is a place which a considerable number of tourists from Japan and abroad visit.
The landscape is overwhelmingly beautiful, and a combination of white sand beach and emerald green is described as the best scenery in the orient.
Marine sports such as snorkeling, yacht, boat, and jet-ski, are very popular here. In addition, there are stalls, restaurants, showers, and changing rooms. An environment for spending the entire day at the beach has been established. As Miyako Island is a tropical island, you can enjoy sea bathing all year. However, stay in April requires attention. An iron man race is held around that time every year, and over 1,000 athletes flood into this beach. So, make sure to set a travel schedule after checking on relevant information.
Chirihama is a coast in the Hokuriku Region, facing the Sea of Japan. Because natural shellfish such as Japanese littleneck and common orient clams are produced here, small stalls selling hamayaki (grilled shellfish and fish caught in the sea) are set up along the coast from spring to summer. Casual stallholders luring customers, and the savoury fragrance of grilled seafood, are characteristic features of this place.
There is a road named ‘Chirihama Nagisa Driveway,’ which is famous as the only place in Japan where cars can be driven on the edge of the surf. You can drive about 8 kms along the beach and feel the sea breeze.
The sea is shallow until far offshore, and the beach is crowded with beachgoers in summer. Events of marine sports, including beach volleyball and jet skiing, are also held. The sea changes appearance season to season, for instance, it is blue in summer and grey in winter, and you can spend time there as you like regardless of the season of the year.
Hakuto Coast is a beautiful beach of white sand. It is included as one of the 100 selected beaches in Japan, and is a popular spot for sea bathing in summer and surfing in winter. You can see the pretty pink Japanese rose flowers, for which this place is the southern limit for growing naturally.