The long rainy season is finally over and alas here comes the best season for heading out to the beach!
Facing the Sea of Japan, Shimane has plenty of beautiful beaches for you to come and enjoy.
All the beaches listed here are well-facilitated and relatively safe for marine activities. As you drive along the Route 9, which runs along the coast line, you can find many beaches in addition to the major beaches listed below.
We usually enjoy the season during July and August.
Grab your swim suits and get ready for a beach day!
Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Kitaura Beach @ Matsue city
Out of all coastlines in the Mihonoseki area, the eastern tip of the Shimane peninsula is where you can find many small shores and beaches, Kitaura Beach has the most gentle coastline of them all. Its wide shallow beach that stretches along the beautiful coastline is safe to say one of the most beautiful beaches in the San'in area. The sea shimmers emerald green as sunlight hits the surface, making you feel like you are on a tropical island.
You can do several activities such as fishing and SUP, as well as renting a boat here.
Inasa no Hama Beach, near the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine (3 minutes by car), is a pretty popular beach for many reasons. First of all, this beach is said to be the very setting of the famous Japanese mythology known as "Kuni Yuzuri" (Transfer of the land) and therefore the beach is considered as a sacred place by the locals. Secondly, this beach is selected as one of the top 100 beautiful beaches in Japan. The sunset view from the beach is beyond the word beautiful. It is also designated as a Japan Heritage site for being a sacred place where the sun sets.
Its sandy shore and shallow beach stretches 300m along the coast. On the rocky areas, you will commonly find fisherman fishing.
Kirara Beach is located along the coastside of the road station "Kirara Taki".
During the evening, around the time of sunset, the color of the sky and the beach change to deep red. The scenery here is also selected as one of the top 100 sunsets in Japan.
On the weekend there are lifeguards on duty.
As you walk on the sandy shore of Kotogahama Beach, your footsteps sound just like the Japanese traditional instrument: Koto, which is how the beach got its name, "Kotogahama". This sandy beach is known as "Narisuna" (Sound-making Sand) and is selected as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan and one of the 100 beaches in Japan.
The Iwami Seaside Park consists of two beaches located next to each other: Anegahama Beach and Hashi Beach.
The long and white sandy shore is so beautiful that you will not believe your own eyes!
Watching the the cobalt blue water as it gently rolls along the shallow beach will calm your mind.
Several marine sports activities(SUP, Banana Boat, Wakeboard, etc) are offered here, as well as camping and BBQ sites.
You can play tennis at the tennis court nearby.
During the summer, there are lifeguards on duty to keep you safe.
The surrounding mountains create the mysterious atmosphere at Sotohama Beach, Nishinoshima town in Oki Islands. Because it is one of the few sandy beaches in the Oki islands, and stretching around 200m along the beautiful coast line, this beach is very popular for beach bathing in summer. The beach contains a mixture of very fine black and white sand. And the black sand is actually iron sand with a high purity. The transparency level of the water is quite high and you can safely enjoy swimming here as the beach is very shallow.
-The rest house
Mita, Nishinoshima town, Oki islands
Nakamura Beach @ Okinoshima town
Nakamura Beach is located in Okinoshima town and is the biggest sandy beach in Oki islands.
There is a camping site nearby, as well as a restaurant on the beach.
Because it is a shallow sandy beach, it is an ideal beach spot for families with small kids.
-Shower (for a charge)
Nakamura, Okinoshima town, Oki islands
Jodogaura Beach @ Okinoshima Town
The coast is approximately 4 km long. There is also a campsite that attracts large numbers of campers who travel from far and wide to see the stunningly beautiful coast. The clarity of the seawater is exceptional, which makes it equally popular as a diving spot too. Cliffs that have been eroded by the sea run the length of the east coast, and there are many inlets. Being one of the country’s beautiful spots, it has been designated as a National Park Special Protection Zone.