What is this place called Ose?
Where is Ose?
How do I get to Ose?
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What is this place called Ose?

ose-beach seaside

While the popular idea of Izu to most people may constitute onsen, Commodore Perry and Shirahama Beach, there’s also some top class diving to be had in these parts.

Ose (大瀬海水浴場) is a small patch of beach in an attractive natural bay. It’s alongside a small peninsula which forms a nice little 20 minute jaunt on foot and houses a shrine and a pond. While Ose Beach sports a campsite and a bunch of reasonable guest house accommodation, it’s a place far from the big roads and main attractions. Nonetheless the beach can get crowded in summer.

The big draw here is the front row seats for Mount Fuji, which is best spotted on clear days, early in the morning or at sunset whilst laying horizontal and paddling away the time. Lacking in big swells the sea is pretty good for swimming, though with such a flat bay one could argue it’s not the most exciting place for a dip.

Out of summer season, sunbathers and swimmers are outnumbered by divers and the beach is literally covered in diving gear too. The diving school operators don’t seem to mind swimmers, in fact they will be bemused more than anything else if you swim out of season.

To the north-west of the beach, up along the little peninsula there are some good spots for jumping off quay walls into the calm, transparent waters, though you might want to make sure you are not being watched when you try it as it’s surely deemed irresponsible and forbidden by the hobbying fishermen on their own Izu trips.


Where is Ose?

ose-beach shrine
Ose is actually not as far on a map from the big cities as it can feel when you are driving there.

Numazu and Mishima cities are about 20-30 km away. The roads are tiny, though. The geography of this part of North Izu means that the beach sits in a very sheltered bay, avoiding the stronger oceanic currents and seemingly enjoying slightly warmer waters than some neighbours farther south.

How do I get tho Ose?

If you really want to get to Ose the best way 100% is to drive. You can take the major roads all the way to Numazu and then you cut off to the smaller Izu roads. It will take a good few hours from Shinjuku, and even when you think you are there, the small roads add a lot of time.

Watch your turn offs and keep checking your map as there isn’t any space for U-Turns if you miss one.

If you don’t drive it will take: many hours, many public transport changes, and frankly more yen than it’s worth to get here. If you do plan on pitching up your tent (literally) and spending a considerable amount of time in the one small place, it is still possible. Take a Shinkansen to Mishima Station from Tokyo Station, change to the Tokaido Line to Numazu, and then take a bus for 1hr 20m. From Numazu Station it’s the bus bound for Cape Ose/Ose Zaki (沼津駅~大瀬岬大瀬岬行).

All in all it’s about 3 ½ hours which might not sound unreasonable, but it’s also 5850 JPY and at that price, there are more spectacular places to hit up. On local trains from Tokyo to Mishima you will need to add a couple of hours and changes but it will be a little cheaper. It all depends on if your time is precious.

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ose-beach station
While it might not look like you can swim on the beach at times due to diving gear, it is fine there’s room for everyone. If you decide to join in and try a dive you are spoilt for choice with dive centres. Prices are all fairly competitive, Big Blue offers English language, is right on the beach and can give you both certification and fun dives.

Driving out and away from the beach up along those windy roads take a rest at Cafe Azesabora (峠の茶屋 アザセボラ). Quirky and interesting (with dishes and drinks paying homage to 70s Japanese TV shows), the owner makes great coffee and will provide delicious local orange slices for free.

The campsite is called Ose Tent Village (大瀬テント村), is right next to the beach and of course has parking on site (the beach camping is by the hour). Expect to pay about 3-4000 JPY for a car plus a few people for the night. Call them on 055-942-3177 for more info.


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