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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Kamakura Beaches 鎌倉のビーチ

Sand, surf and seaside bars and bistros not far from Kamakura's big Buddha

One regular summer beach escape for urbanites in the Tokyo area is Kamakura, just an hour by train down the coast. The swimming season for Kamakura's three strands of sand is brief—just two months in summer—but the area has its charms in other seasons as well.

There are also opportunities to do more than just swim and sun. You can arrange surfing, standup paddle boarding, wakeboarding, flyboarding and sea kayaking sessions as well. Glamping is another possibility.

Quick Facts

You can see Mt. Fuji while lounging on the sand

The official beach season is from July 1 to August 31

How to Get There

Kamakura's beaches are a short walk from several train stations and by bus from Kamakura Station.

Yuigahama Beach: From Kamakura Station, it is a 15-minute walk. The beach is only five minutes from Wadazuka, Yuigahama and Enoden stations on the Enoden Line.

Zaimokuza Beach: From Kamakura Station, take the Keikyu Bus to Izu and get off at Zaimokuza Bus Station. The beach is a two-minute walk from there.

Koshigoe Beach is a three-minute walk from Koshigoe Station on the Enoden Line.

Some history with your hang five

Kamakura has three beaches: Yuigahama, Zaimokuza, and Koshigoe. Yuigahama is the most convenient beach, just a short walk from the center of Kamakura and 20 minutes in the other direction to the towering statue of Buddha.

During the summer, beachside cafes, restaurants, and bars are open for business, and beach huts and rental shops cater to all tastes. Cool beverages and a range of foods and from Japanese to Southeast Asian to Western are on offer.

Swim and sunbathe with a view of Mt. Fuji

Continuing along the coast to the east is Zaimokuza Beach. Though just as popular as Yuigahama, it tends to be slightly less crowded. Try paddle boarding at Sevenseas Windsurfing Stand Up Paddle Board School here, and water biking, wakeboarding, and kayaking as well as flyboarding at JSP Kamakura.

There are many hostels and hotels to stay at along the shore, and as the bay curves southeast you can gaze upon Mt. Fuji.

Seafood from the fishing port nearby

Koshigoe Beach is great for seafood lovers, as the nearby harbor has a shop selling freshly caught fish and shellfish.

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