While Japan’s southern region is known for its breathtaking beaches and beautiful islands, people just visiting Tokyo can also get the beach experience without having to go very far. Kamakura is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture that lies less than an hour south by train. With the laid-back atmosphere, beautiful temples, and sprawling beaches, it’s a great place to get away and escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Kamakura Seaside Park is home to Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach. They are right next to one another and offer Tokyoites and its visitors alike a convenient option when it comes to much needed rest and relaxation.
Enjoy the wonderful views and laid-back atmosphere
Only a stone’s throw away from Tokyo, Kamakura provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get away from the city and enjoy some of the beautiful nature that Japan has to offer. Mountains and forests are scattered throughout the country. People may not think to visit Japan’s great beaches and quaint, seaside communities.
Stepping off the train at Kamakura Station, you will instantly fall in love with the small town atmosphere that Kamakura provides. Dozens of tiny shops, restaurants, and galleries line the streets as you make the 15-minute walk from the station to Yuigahama Beach. Visitors to the town may feel like they’ve been transported to another country. While the area still holds many cultural and historic landmarks such as temples and shrines, the relaxed setting will leave you baffled that such a place exists so close to the metropolis of Tokyo.
If you feel the urge to experience a different side of Japan and become one with nature, Kamakura area can offer that opportunity. Listen to the ocean waves roll in and forget all your worries as you sit in the sun and enjoy the water.
Packed with beach activities
With Sea Day on July 19, the official 2015 opening of the beach was kicked off with tons of excitement and activities that are sure to continue throughout the summer season. The beach is long and wide and offers visitors plenty of space to spread out or join with friends and large groups.
The site is popular for marine activities such as boating, jet skiing, and surfing. There are several shops that rent out surfboards or provide lessons for beginners. The beach is extremely family-friendly and a wonderful place for young children. Police and lifeguards are nearby and patrol the areas ensuring that visitors feel safe and comfortable.
Signs are posted at the entrance, letting visitors know that drinking alcohol, playing loud music, showing tattoos are all prohibited. On such occasions such as Sea Day, these rules were very loosely enforced. However, make sure to check the posted signs for what is allowed and what is prohibited. The signs are posted in both Japanese and English so it may be difficult to play the ignorant foreigner if you do break the rules. Always remember to be mindful and courteous. The police in Japan are extremely friendly and respectful.
Fun for all ages
Yuigahama Beach also has several restaurants, clubs, and bars for visitors to enjoy. The restaurants are open throughout the summer and offer an array of atmospheres for all ages and groups. Several of the restaurants are family friendly while the dance clubs and bars offer a chance for the older crowds to socialize and party.
Other amenities include umbrella and chair rental. Umbrellas during Sea Day were renting for 1,300 yen (11 USD) for the day. They might not be a bad investment as the beach lacks any real shade from the intense sun during the summer months.
Restroom facilities and showers are located near the entrance of the beach. The restrooms are reasonably clean and a freshwater shower can make a huge difference before getting on the train and heading back to Tokyo.
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Long sandy beaches and blue skies
The beaches are definitely a highlight for visitors looking to escape the city. While Kamakura is a great place to relax on the beach and work on your tan, the area provides plenty of other things to do and see.
Convenient and visitor-friendly
The quaint, small town is a perfect getaway whether you plan to spend the day or the weekend. There is plenty to do. Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach are great places to relax and forget your worries while Hasedera Temple and Hokokuji Temple offer amazing opportunities to experience tradition and culture. Kamakura offers it all.
Get out there and enjoy the summer holidays in Kamakura, a beautiful and relaxed spot that is unbelievably close and convenient.
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