Top beaches in Japan for your summer getaway

Jun 11, 2024

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Japan is well-known for its mountainous terrain and epic powder snow, but it is also a stunning collection of islands with beautiful coastal areas and beach destinations waiting to be explored. Japan comprises four main islands - Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. This country is surrounded by seas, namely the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Sea of Japan, and the East China Sea. From white sandy beaches to rocky coastlines, each has its natural beauty that many tourists and locals love to visit.

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Are you ready to hit the beach this summertime? Explore some of Japan’s most stunning coast areas for your ultimate summer getaway.


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When it comes to amazing beaches in Japan, Okinawa would be at the top of mind for many travelers. It is conveniently accessible by air from domestic and international airports and is a group of islands with white sand beaches, blue waters, a warmer climate, and a rich cultural heritage. It also comprises other islands including, Kerama Island, Kume Island, Ishigaki Island, Amami Oshima, and Miyako Island, each with its charm of the beautiful coral reefs, fishes, and sea turtles, and exciting activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

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The best time to visit Okinawa is from late May until October when the temperature is the warmest. However, be aware of strong currents and some venomous creatures, especially Habu jellyfish.

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Shirahama Beach

There are two famous beaches in this city. The Shirahama Beach is a must-visit destination as it is conveniently accessible and features a stunning white sand beach and a magnificent view of the Shinto shrine Shirahama Jinja, standing at the edge of the coast. Moreover, it is a surfing spot where you can take swimming lessons throughout the year.

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Katsurahama Beach

Apart from this, Katsurahama Beach is another perfect destination with its popular attractions such as the famous Sakamoto Room statue and the Tosa Dog Museum.


Yuigahama Beach

Situated in the south of Tokyo, this destination boasts two well-recognised beaches: Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach. It’s the perfect place to surf, swim, and sunbathe. The best time to visit this destination is from July to August.

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Zaimokuza Beach


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Also known as the Bonin Islands, this destination is recognised as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage List due to its rich ecosystems, such as emerald waters and rare species like the giant squid. This island also offers lots of secluded beaches with snorkeling and swimming activities. The best time to visit is early summer (June to October) due to the warmer temperatures and long summer days.

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This beach is different from the Shirahama in the Izu Peninsula. This beach is located on the southern coast of Honshu Island, featuring white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and historical hot springs. You can witness the breathtaking sunset of this beach that faces the Pacific.

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Home to the oldest rainforests, this island features astonishing views. The Nagata Inakaham Beach is the largest beach on the island and a nesting spot for sea turtles from April to September. This island was also the inspiration for the anime classic Princess Mononoke from Studio Ghibli.

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Oarai Sun Beach

Nestled on the eastern coast of Honshu Island, this beach showcases clear shallow waters where visitors can relax and enjoy the seaside ambiance.

Naoshima Island

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Famously known as Museum Island, this destination allows guests to spend the night on the beach in a yurt - a traditional tent used by the herdsmen in Mongolia, and witness unique artworks right on the beach.

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