Busy party beaches in the summer with gentle waves alongside bars and restaurants. A charming island with food stands, ancient shrines and a secret private beach. High-class onsen/spa with sunset views of Mount Fuji.
A surfer beach in a town full of old world charm and first-class temples, shrines, food and more. It’s a black sand stretch with a fun personality that really comes alive in summer when a bandstand and bars shack up.
One of the nicest beaches in the Tokyo area, with some of the cleanest waters. Perhaps this explains why the Emperor himself built a beach house here. Highlights include clear water and a nice deserted island to swim out to..
If you’ve ever dreamed of swimming with sea turtles, you will have to visit this beach on Zamami Island, Okinawa. You simply can’t miss these friendly visitors feeding peacefully everyday around the corals during high tides.
Definitely one of the most beautiful shores in Okinawa. Famous for its coral reef, this is a snorkelers’ paradise. Here you can spot lots colourful tropical fish in clear blue water and then relax on this white sand beach.
The jewel of Aka island. A long sunny beach in the wilderness of this small island in Okinawa, a home for deer, sea turtles and tropical fish. A quiet stretch with beautiful coral but not much shade.
While not as beautiful as some close neighbours this is a great all-rounder and good for swimming and watersports. Summertime brings some annoying rules but also a lot of people and good times.
Atami used to be a very popular holidays destination for Tokyo people in the 80’s and 90’s. Less trendy nowadays, the city still has a special atmosphere and a beach right in the middle of the town.
Is it the most beautiful beach in Honshu ? This long white sand bay with different shades of blue sea is definitely impressive. Hugely popular, it becomes a bit too crowded in the summer but still unmissable if you are in Izu area.
The beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs and caves is one of the top destinations if you want to have a swim in Izu. Popular with surfers, it is a bit less crowed than Shirahama and atmosphere is more family friendly.
A quiet bay where you can camp and have the beach for yourself to the east of Shimoda in Izu. A bit rocky if you compare to the other white sand beaches in Shimoda but looking wilder for the nature lovers.
At the extreme north of Izu, if you want to contemplate Mount Fuji while swimming this one is for you. With its crystal clear water, it’s a very famous spot for diving or snorkelling … as you will quickly realise.
If you want to avoid the crowd, this rocky beach is the perfect spot for snorkelling. You can see tropical fish, sea urchins, eels and even small sharks if you are lucky. Not the best Izu beach for sunbathing though.
This 20 km long bay of golden sand is at the very east of Yumigahama peninsula close to Sakaiminato city and the famous Kaike spa. The beach is surrounded by a forest of pines with a view on mount Daisen.
Ibaraki prefecture is known rather unfairly as the 47th most exciting prefecture in Japan … out of 47! With a Pacific Coastline perfect for surf and swim, the place is definitely worth a visit. Check out Hirai Beach Resort, one of the closest spots to Tokyo.
This 1 km long bay in Okayama Prefecture deserves a visit for several reasons. This yellow sand beach surrounded by pine trees is not very touristy. Therefore it is very calm, authentic and family friendly.
Not the most glamorous beach for swimmers but this quiet shore next to Fuji city can be recommended for surfers. You can expect big waves and views on Mount Fuji during clears days.