In island-dotted Japan, the beautiful coast is never far away. Beach parties are a hugely popular fun-filled, family-friendly summer activity, beckoning sweltering urbanites to escape for a chilled-out day trip or mini break.
Seasonal beach huts at the best seaside spots offer yummy street food, cold drinks, rental chairs and water toys, plus clean showers, live music and entertainment. Two of our top tips for getting away from it all are Kamakura and Onjuku.
Temple- and Buddha-blessed Kamakura’s official beach season lasts from July to August, with several sandy beaches less than an hour south of Tokyo, beyond Yokohama. Swim or surf at the two main adjacent beaches, Yuigahama and Zaimokuza, which span a kilometre of coastline. In season you’ll find beach huts, rental shops for watersports, and facilities for changing, showering and shade, plus food and drink. Both are about a five-minute walk from Yuigahama Station on Enoden Railway or 20 minutes from JR Kamakura Station.
In Isumi District, on Chiba Prefecture’s east coast, pretty Onjuku boasts a sweeping horseshoe of white sand and mild surf, with busy beachfront cafes and a good swimming scene. It’s party central in summer, with a mix of surfers, paddleboarders, body-surfers and swimmers. Enjoy the basic food and drink stands, or evening barbecues on the beach. It’s about 90 minutes on the express Wakashio trains east of Tokyo to Onjuku Station, then a 10-minute stroll.
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