Japan boasts an extensive coastline as the Pacific Ocean borders it on one side and the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on the other side. With its idyllic location, beaches are aplenty in this stunning island nation. Many people will also find it surprising that Tokyo, the vibrant capital with a lovely cityscape, has beaches nearby, including the artificial Odaiba where you can freely dip your toes while watching dreamy sunsets. Other beaches include Jodogahama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach.
If you want to stay close to the beach and wake up to breathtaking scenery every day, staying in a Japan beach house or the best Japan beach resorts is the right choice! Scroll down to learn more about the beautiful Rakuten STAY beach vacation rentals in Japan.
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1. Okinawa Region
Okinawa boasts a humid subtropical climate, making it an excellent spot to soak up some sun and bask on the beach all year long. This lovely region is home to about 160 islands and carries a significant history as the last major battle site of World War II. Come and enjoy Okinawa, Japan’s beaches for a memorable getaway!
Near Naminoue Beach, Naha
Naminoue Beach is the only place to swim in fresh water in Okinawa’s capital, Naha. It has an important landmark named Naminoue Shrine, a significant Shinto shrine perched atop the cliff and overlooking the emerald-green waters of the sea. The beach is also dominated by an expansive highway suspended over the sea, perfect for long scenic drives.
Here are some lovely properties that make for a perfect beach vacation.
Ideal for getaways with friends, this trendy room comes with two bunk beds, a separate shower room, a toilet, and wash basins. Have a movie marathon with your friend group using the large home projector. In addition, the room amenities include an electric kettle, air purifier, and air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is also available should you wish to connect with your family back home.
Naminoue Beach is only a 1.3-kilometer (0.81-mile) drive from here so you can bathe in the sun with your friends without any hassle.
Near Yonaha Maehama Beach, Miyako
Yonaha Maehama Beach is a slice of paradise on Earth that spans over 7 kilometers (4.35 miles) of white sand stretch. Set on the remote island of Miyako, this beach is suitable for solitude seekers who want to play in the sun peacefully. The place is also fantastic for water adventures such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
Check out this well-equipped property that’s located conveniently close to the beach.
In this well-appointed home, you can enjoy the waters in many ways. This property is only three minutes by car to Yonaha Maehama Beach for a fun-filled day out. Meanwhile, if you prefer an exclusive swim away from the crowds, you can indulge your senses in the round outdoor tubs on the private deck.
Note that wearing a bathing suit is required when using the micro pool. Barbecue facilities and seating furniture are also aptly provided on the deck as well for convenient cookouts.
Near 21st Century Forest Beach (21 Seikinomori Beach), Nago
A charming man-made beach in Nago, 21st Century Forest Beach is worth visiting. Since the beach is artificial, its sea level remains stagnant without rise and fall so your little ones can safely wade in the waters. The beach is also situated in the 21st Century Forest Park, surrounded by sports and recreational facilities and family-friendly amenities.
Here’s a beautiful vacation home that’s only a quick drive from the beach.
Make this self-contained house your home away from home if you want to experience living like an authentic local without parting with contemporary comforts.
This accommodation features a Japanese-style room with tatami mats installed on solid wood. This room opens to a balcony, and the transparent sliding doors endow natural sunshine. Meanwhile, the other room is thoughtfully appointed with a plush bed for a restful slumber.
Further, guests can access the 21st Century Forest Beach in just a 3-kilometer (1.86-mile) drive from here.
2. Kanto Region
Kanto nestles on the eastern part of Honshu, Japan’s main and largest island. This region is home to the country’s bustling capital, Tokyo, along with the lovely prefectures of Chiba, Tochigi, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Ibaraki. Although the region carries an image as an urban area, you will be delighted to know that there are beaches to splash on without going far off from the metropolis.
Near Katakai Beach, Kujukuri
Katakai Beach is a popular beach on the Kujukurihama Coast, drawing many beachgoers all year round. Besides swimming, this beach is perfect for surfing and bodyboarding. While here, be sure to sample the local specialty, grilled hamaguri clam, sold in the beach huts lining the shores.
Book this modern flat if you want to be within walking distance of the beach.
One of the highlights of this property is the semi-open-air bath where you can relieve your travel fatigue as soon as you arrive. There is also a separate shower area to rinse off after a bubbling plunge. The bathroom opens to a nice balcony with barbecue facilities.
On balmy days, head out and swing by Katakai Beach to curl your toes on the sand. The beach is also just a short walk away, so maximum convenience is guaranteed!
Near Tojo Beach (also somewhat near Maebara Beach), Kamogawa
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Tojo Beach and Maebara Beach are two spectacular beaches in Kamogawa, boasting clear turquoise waters and powdery sands. These beaches are also hot spots for surfers, thanks to their massive waves crashing against the shores.
These spacious homes are a perfect choice if you’re traveling with a big group.
If you are planning a beach getaway with your family, check out this spacious villa in Kamogawa that can comfortably accommodate a large group. Tojo Beach is an easy two-minute drive from here, while Maebara Beach takes about seven minutes. Feel free to catch the breathtaking sunsets by the sea!
When you feel rather inactive to leave the premises, you can take advantage of the full private sauna to calm your mind. There is also an artificial hot spring for unwinding.
Near Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, Ichinomiya
The iconic Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach prides itself on hosting the first-ever Olympic surfing competition, boasting world-class waves and an exciting local surf scene. This top-notch surfing venue also attracts approximately 600,000 surfers annually.
This Rakuten STAY HOUSE puts you within a few minutes of walking distance from the beach.
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach is a six-minute stroll from this abode. Take a leisurely walk to the beach to get sandy feet and witness dreamy sunsets. The property comes with a shower, allowing you to wash off dirt without a bother. The outdoor lockable storage to stock your valuables and essentials is also a wonderful addition to its offerings.
This classy abode highlights an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area with up-to-date appliances. There is also a private terrace with a dining area if you want to dine out.
3. Kyushu Region
The calming region of Kyushu settles in the southwesternmost part of Japan and comprises Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima prefectures. The region is known for its active volcanoes, natural hot springs, and beaches.
Near Aoshima Beach 青島海浜, Miyazaki
Aoshima Beach is open year-round and has a bridge that connects the mainland from the beach. The lovely shores are dotted with restaurants and shops, giving the beach a lively character. Tucked away on the island is Aoshima Jinja, a shrine believed to bring luck to married couples.
Check out this rental that enjoys a location almost next to the beach.
This rental is light-filled and equipped with everything you need for a stress-free stay. The Japanese-style room with a sizeable screen projector makes a great fit for movie nights with family. For your dirty clothes, laundry facilities are available.
Aoshima Beach is just a quick drive away. With the fastest route, it takes only about a minute to get to the beach. The ensuite bathroom adds a bathtub for capping off your night with a rejuvenating bath bomb after a sunny day out.
4. Kinki/Kansai Region
Kansai region, also known as Kinki, is the spiritual and cultural capital of Japan. This region is home to some of the country’s major cities, including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Kobe.
Near Keino-Matsubara Beach, Minamiawaji
Keino-Matsubara Beach is a scenic 2.5-kilometer (1.55-mile) stretch of white sand bounded by low mountains, so visitors can get the best of both natural tranquility and coastal charm. The beach is calm and has gentle waves, making it a perfect spot for wading on the waters leisurely.
Book this beautiful beach house for an amazing beach vacay!
Nothing compares to spending a holiday near the beach! Luckily, this beach house rental is only 450 meters (1476.38 feet) away from Keino-Matsubara Beach. This lodging also sports a hot tub in case you prefer taking a relaxing dip privately.
Long-term renters will appreciate the well-supplied kitchen with a large countertop and stainless steel appliances, allowing them to create a healthy home-cooked feast for their family. Additionally, a roomy deck overlooking the panoramic cityscape is present for sightseeing and catching the morning sun.
Soak up the sun in the Land of the Rising Sun
Since Japan is primarily known for its hot springs and cherry blossoms, tourists tend to overlook that the country has a fair share of pristine beaches as well. What are you waiting for? Plan a Japanese beach vacation and soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches in Japan! Refer to this list of the beautiful Rakuten STAY beach vacation rentals in Japan for a lovely stay.
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