Relax on one of Japan's best bathing beaches in Kyushu
Shinkamigoto Town Hall, Goto Islands, Nagasaki Prefecture
The soft white sands, cobalt blue waters and scenic views of Hamagurihama Beach in Shinkamigoto, Nagasaki, has won it a government listing as one of the top 100 bathing beaches in Japan.
Surrounded by pine trees and verdant hillsides, Hamagurihama Beach’s waters are shallow and clear. Safe for children to happily paddle in and ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Its gentle waves are rarely high, making it a relaxing beach for even the most nervous of swimmers.
Changing rooms, showers, a beach hut and refreshment facilities allow you to enjoy a full day at Hamagurihama Beach. An extraordinarily photogenic spot, it changes in atmosphere and color as the day passes, and looks different every season.
The beach’s town, Shinkamigoto, also has an unusual history. Located on the westernmost tip of Kyushu, north of the Goto islands, it’s network of hidden caves once served as a refuge for Christians persecuted by the Shogunate during the Edo Period (1603-1868).
How to get there
3 minutes from Arikawa port by car