Here are the best Beaches in Kamakura, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.
For instance, Miura Kaigan Beach, Yuigahama Beach, Enoshima Sea Candle and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Kamakura!
1. Miura Kaigan Beach
The Miura Coast is a long beach known for its seaside resorts. During the annual Miura Kaigan Firework Festival held in early August, you can watch 3,000 fireworks go off while lying on the spacious beach. It is also known for its abundant seafood such as tuna in Misaki and mackerel in Matsuwa, and for its farms growing tasteful vegetables such as cabbage, watermelon and daikon radish. Waiwai-ichi Market held every second and fourth Saturday of the month is brimming with vegetables just harvested from the farms that morning, seasonal vegetables, marine catches and produce from mountainous areas. The area has a number of great restaurants, too, where you can enjoy seafood fresh from the boat, attracting gourmands from the Tokyo and Yokohama areas.
2. Yuigahama Beach
This beach was selected as one of the 88 best bathing beaches in Japan. It is a historic beach that has been bustling with visitors since the Meiji period, located in the southern part of Kamakura and facing the Sagami Bay. As the sandy beach is shallow, and the waves are relatively calm during the swimming season, children can enjoy swimming safely. In recent years, it has become a popular beach for surfers as the sea of Shonan. There is a school for surfing and body boarding available for beginners, and as the will lend out surfboards and wet suits, you will be able to participate even if you don't have them with you. It is also appealing that you can enjoy the fireworks on the beach. In the cafe called Umi-no-ie (house at sea) which is open only during the summer season, you can enjoy a variety of menus, and you can also take a shower or rent parasols at extra cost.
3. Enoshima Sea Candle
This lighthouse with observation platform, built in 2002 as part of the 100th anniversary of Enoshima Electric Railway, sits 100 meters above sea level. It is affectionately considered a symbol of Shonan. “Consideration for the landscape and nature”, “Pursuit of public utility value” and “Promotion of local tourism” are the basic concepts behind Enoshima SeaCandle. The illumination changes four times a year to match each season: spring is green, with the image of tender verdancy; summer is blue; autumn is orange and yellow, reminiscent of leaves; and winter is purple. The uniqueness of the winter illumination, and the cooperation of locals in its realization, earned it the distinction of being in the top three illuminations in the Kanto region in 2012, and in the Japan Night View Heritage in 2013.
4. Iwaya Caves
The Enoshima Iwaya Caves have been created by coastal erosion for eons of time. It consists of two caves: Daiichi-iwaya (first cave) of 152 meters and Daini-iwaya (second cave) of 56 meters in length. The caves had been closed for years but reopened in 1993 after the renovations of the facilities around the caves. Having been worshiped since ancient times the legends goes that Kukai (Kobo-Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism) and Minamoto no Yoritomo who founded the Kamakura shogunate visited. The insides of these caves with illuminations and sound effects, stone statues and various exhibits tell us the history and culture of Enoshima Island. You can borrow candles inside the Daiichi cave (may not be available when the cave is too crowded) . From open space, stretching 128 meters in length, you can enjoy the vista of Mount Fuji stretching from Sagami Bay, Hakone and the Izu Peninsula.
5. Jogashima Island
Lying at the eastern half of the island is Jogashima Prefectural Park, a scenic spot featuring the beautiful contrast of preserved greenery against rough rocky terrain. From the park you have the magnificent vista of Mount Fuji, Hakone Volcanic peaks, Boso Peninsula, Sagami Bay, Izu Oshima Island, Izu Peninsula and Tanzawa Mountains. The island is known for its 300,000 bulbs of double daffodils that bloom in the dead of winter. It is also home to a large number of water birds such as Japanese cormorants (Phalacrocorax capillatus), pelagic cormorants and eastern reef herons; their habitat is preserved as a Natural Monument of Kanagawa Prefecture. Near the habitat is a monument bearing the poem Jogashima no Ame (”The Rain of Jogashima”) by Hakushu Kitahara, an arch-shaped rock formation and Jogashima Lighthouse. In and around the island are many restaurants serving seafood fresh from the boat, making this island one of the most popular day-trip destinations for Kanto-area residents.
6. Misaki Harbor
Misaki Port has long been a vibrant center of offshore and deep-sea fishery. In the early Showa period when fishing boats were modernized and made larger, it became one of the largest ports for landing tuna in Japan and has since developed as a town of tuna. In particular, the landing volume of bigeye tuna is among the top in Japan. The town surrounding the port has wholesalers handling tuna and local fish and specialized tuna restaurants. Enjoy rare tuna cheek meat, eyeballs, hearts and heads available only here. The sea tour ship, Nijiiro Sakana Go that leaves from Misaki Fisherina Urari, is half submerged so you can enjoy an underwater view of the beautiful sea of Misaki. Approximately 2,500 fireworks, including shaku dama and starmine, are displayed at the summer festival. The best view is on the Jogashima Island side.
Enoshima is an island connected to the mainland by Enoshima-ohashi bridge. It is dotted with popular sightseeing spots such as shrines and caves. You will find a bronze torii gate that is a designated cultural property of Fujisawa City at the entrance of Enoshima. The entrance path leads to Enoshima Shrine, which is one of three great shrines dedicated to the deity, Benten. There are shops selling seafood from Sagami Bay and other souvenirs along the path. For a fee, the escalator, Enoshima Escar, will take you up 46 meters in just four minutes. The Love Bell built to commemorate an Enoshima love legend stands atop Lovers' Hill right above the Enoshima Iwaya Caves and is visited by many couples.
8. Zaimokuza Beach
Time-honored sea-bathing spot with a history of more than 130 years. This seacoast is recognized as one of the best in the Shonan area, rivaling Yuigahama. It began to gain public attention after it was chosen as the setting for Soseki Natsume's ”Kokoro,” one of his later masterpieces. During sea-bathing season from July to August, the area draws large number of bathers for its shallowness and relatively mild waves. This makes the beach easily accessible for poor swimmers as well as small children. The beach is also a training ground for lifeguards. You can enjoy other marine activities here as well, such as surfing. Thanks to the high transparency of the ocean water, many varieties of fish and seashells are visible. You might even find the baby sardines used in Kamakura's specialties. When the sun sets, the view of Enoshima Island from the east edge of the coast is truly beautiful.
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