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Zushi and Other Great Beaches in Kanto to Hang Out At!

Devon Lord-MoncriefDevon Lord-Moncrief
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March 19, 2024
Zushi Beach in Kanagawa.

A mainstay in anime summer episodes, Japan’s beaches are perfect getaway locations for those who love warm weather. Picturesque, pristine, and easily accessible, the beaches in Japan offer equal parts beach-time fun and bountiful natural beauty. One of the most popular beaches is in Zushi!

The beaches in Japan’s Kanto region are great for locals and tourists, offering plenty of activities for solo visitors and families. Here are five Kanto beaches that should be on your list of summer destinations during your next trip to Japan!

Zushi Beach

Zushi Beach may not be at the top of every beach lover’s list, but that does not mean this seaside location should be ignored. Situated to the southeast of Kamakura, in Miura Peninsula, Zushi Beach is small and straightforward but offers plenty of summer fun. During the peak summer season, families gather to enjoy the cool water, paddle-boating, and plentiful pop-up bars. 

Zushi beach on a clear day.
Zushi has some of the best beach parties in the area! Image via Shutterstock

Tourists shouldn’t expect an expanse of lush sand or sparkling blue water, and the length of the beach is a little small, but Zushi Beach is a perfect stop for families looking for a relaxing time in the sun. It’s considered to be one of the most popular beaches in Kanagawa, too, offering some party-time fun with its many bars.

Onjuku Beach

If you love surfing, then Onjuku Beach is your perfect destination. Located on Ajiro Bay on Chiba Prefecture’s east coast, Onjuku is a small coastal town with a famous beach. At about a mile and a quarter long, Onjuku Beach has consistent swells that always break, making it a great place for surfers.

Crowded Onjuku Beach.
Onjuku Beach is a popular surfing town! Image via Expedia

Onjuku is a small town, but it has plenty of accommodations, making it a perfect trip if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. If leisurely walks with a cold beer are your idea of a perfect summer day, Onjuku Beach is for you.

Odaiba Kaihin Koen

Odaiba Kaihin Koen, or “Odaiba Seaside Park,” certainly lives up to its fun name. A manmade beach on the edge of Tokyo Bay, Odaiba Kaihin Koen is the perfect place to enjoy shopping, eating, relaxing, and water sports such as windsurfing and paddle boarding.

People playing on Odaiba Kaihin Koen.
This beach is in Tokyo Bay! Image via Tokyo Odaiba Net.

It’s an incredibly unique beach, offering visitors a replica of the Statue of Liberty and stunning views of Tokyo and the Rainbow Bridge. This is the total summertime package for those looking for a more exciting beach experience close to the big city. It is an ideal destination for families looking to bring their children.

Shichirigahama Beach

A beautiful beach that offers an outstanding view of both Mount Fuji and Enoshima Island, Shichirigahama is a beach worth visiting for its vistas alone. Situated near Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture, Shichirigahama isn’t precisely the most popular of beaches for those looking for all-inclusive resorts. 

Shichirigahama Beach shore.
Shichirigahama Beach has a beautiful coastline. Image via FEEL Shonan.

However, surfing is still a prevalent activity year-round. However, the valid reason to visit this beach is to take in its amazing views of Mount Fuji and Enoshima Island, which are views that inspired countless classic ukiyo-e paintings. Even if only as a quick day trip, Shichirigahama Beach should be on your list of places to visit if you pass by Kamakura.

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Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau

If traditional beach-time fun is not on your list of activities during your visit to Japan, the Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau is where you must go. Located in Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture, Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau is a beautiful scenic location offering a fantastic view of Enoshima Island.

Rocks at Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau.
There are interesting rock formations in this area. Image via Shutterstock

While it is much too rocky to enjoy as a traditional beach, it is an excellent fishing spot. It boasts the Chigogafuchi Abyss, a beautiful location designated as one of 50 picturesque locations in Kanagawa.

Why should I visit these amazing beaches like Zushi?

It can be easy to get lost in the massive hubbub of Tokyo Metropolis. From Akihabara’s electronics to Harajuku’s fashion, Tokyo can keep a person busy for weeks. It’s essential when visiting Japan to make time to get out of Tokyo proper and explore the rest of the country.

A beach in Kanto.
Have you ever been to a beach in Kanto before? Image via Shutterstock

Summertime is a great time to visit Japan, and its beaches are prime examples of what its shores offer. Surfing, tanning, dining, and relaxing are only a few things visitors can do on Japan’s beaches. And considering they boast some of the most breathtaking views in the country, Japan’s beaches simply cannot be missed.

Have you ever visited any of the beaches we discussed here? If so, which one did you go to? What did you do when you were there? Was it as beautiful as you’d hoped it would be? Please let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear about your trip to Japan’s fabulous beaches!

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