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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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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
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. 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
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours 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
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders 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
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life 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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