The Top 10 best beaches in Japan 日本のベストビーチ
Sunset in Jodogahama
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Noto Peninsula
Japan is surrounded by the sea, and as a result the country is dotted with beautiful beaches. White sand, crystal clear waters and magnificent scenery. Discover the most beautiful beaches in the country!
- Jodogahama Beach (Iwate prefecture)
The first beach on our list is in northern Japan, on the east coast of Iwate Prefecture. Located in the middle of Sanriku Fukko National Park, the beach offers a magnificent contrast between the blue ocean, green pine trees and white volcanic stones. It was magma that created these rocks 52 million years ago, also leaving traces of lava flows. In summer, the beach attracts a lot of tourists because the sea is calm and the area is easily accessible.
- Tomari beach (Tokyo prefecture)
Don't be fooled, while it's technically in Tokyo Prefecture, Shikine Island is 100 miles south of the capital! You only need to walk 5 minutes from the port to reach Tomari Beach and enjoy the beautiful views there. White sand, clear and calm water; it's a perfect escape from Tokyo - just 3 hours away (or ten hours by ferry).
- Hirizo beach (Shizuoka prefecture)
In the south of the Izu Peninsula, Hirizo beach is bordered by steep cliffs and can only be reached by ferry (only operating from mid-July to mid-September). Nature here is well preserved and the beach is considered one of the most isolated areas of Minami Izu. The water is so clear that you can see up to 7 meters deep, and it's the perfect place to go diving. The area is still wild, and there are no amenities for tourists, so be sure to keep the beach clean.
- Chirihama beach (Ishikawa prefecture)
Located on the Noto Peninsula, Chirihama Beach is unique, in that it also serves as a road. The sand, soaked with water, becomes so compacted that cars can drive on it for 5 miles. It's the ideal place to take a break, dip your toes in the surf and enjoy fresh seafood. You can also admire a beautiful sunset.
Related: A day on the Noto Peninsula
- Suishohama beach (Fukui prefecture)
Suisho means crystal in Japanese, and you'll understand why the beach has this name when you see how clear the water is. The sand of this beach, in Wakasa Bay, is also full of surprises. The sound it makes, almost melodic, has earned it the nickname "singing sand". Water sports are just as popular as swimming here, and it's possible to book a night in one of the many nearby accommodations.
- Shirahama beach (Wakayama prefecture)
Shirahama is famous in the Kansai region among fans of water sports, but that's not all it has to offer. It's also a very popular seaside resort and spa. Throughout the summer you can enjoy firework displays from the seaside, relax in the many onsen, or simply take a stroll along the 650-meter long white sand beach, surrounded by palm trees.
- Takahama beach (Nagasaki prefecture)
At the tip of the Nagasaki Peninsula, just west of the main Japanese island, is Takahama Beach. Facing the former mining island of Gunkanjima, you will have a great view of the beach of Hashima. Many amenities have conveniently been built here for vacationers, so you can rest after an afternoon of swimming.
- Yurigahama beach (Kagoshima prefecture)
Closer to the islands of Okinawa than Kyushu, Yurigahama Beach is 1 mile from Yoron Island, in the sea. It is actually a sandbar that is accessible only when the sea level is low, in spring and summer. You will be encircled by the Emerald Sea. Guests can rent boats with glass floors to reach Yurigahama from Okaneku Beach, from June to September.
- Furuzamami beach (Okinawa prefecture)
On the island of Zamami, 25 miles from the capital of Okinawa (one hour by boat), is the arc-shaped beach of Furuzamami. Paddling in the turquoise water, you'll be able to make out the silhouettes of the nearby islands. Many tropical fish swim nearby, so bring a mask and snorkel to admire them.
- Nishihama beach (Okinawa prefecture)
Our last beach is on the southern-most inhabited island of Japan. With 600 inhabitants, Hateruma is part of the Yaeyama island group. Nishihama Beach is a little over half a mile long, and enjoyable for both its ideal temperature and its impressive underwater flora and fauna.
Related: Scuba diving in Okinawa