4 Amazing Crystal Clear Water Beaches other than Okinawa | Japan Guide

You don’t have to go all the way to Okinawa to find beautiful beaches in Japan. There are great beaches on mainland Japan too! These next 4 beaches will surely leave you with a new impression of Japan.

Summer is just around the corner. The weather in Japan is getting nicer and warmer. Soon after the rainy month of June, beaches in Japan will start to open. Do you already have a specific beach in mind to visit this summer? We all know Okinawa has lots and lots of beautiful beaches so here are 4 amazing beaches in Japan that are not on Okinawa. Whether you have a beach for this summer in mind or not, check this list out. Find a perfect beach and plan a trip to a beautiful beach this summer!


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Wait…is this even in Japan? – Yes, it is. Hirizo beach is so beautiful that it will take your breath away for sure. This beach is designated as a national park and it maintains its original untouched beauty. Do you prefer swimming in the water than relaxing on the beach? Then, this is a perfect place for you! This place is perfect for snorkeling and diving.

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Since people haven’t touched the surroundings here to develop, there are a lot of wildlife living in these waters. Sometimes the current might be strong, but there is always a patrol boat so you don’t have to worry about it too much. The water is super clear so much so that you can even see pebbles in water over 5m deep.

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Kuroshio current goes through this Hirizo beach, which has a lot of different kinds of fish coming in and out. If you are a person who likes to be in the water, this is a perfect place to come and enjoy a snorkeling day. Wouldn’t it be great to have a mermaid day here?

Hirizo Beach 

Minami-izu Nakagi, Kamo district, Shizuoka Prefecture

Hirizo Beach (Japanese)

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Have you ever gone to a beach to relax and kick back, but found it was crowded and you ended up getting even more tired and stressed? It is sometimes frustrating going to a crowded beach when all you want to do is relax and enjoy yourself. But don’t worry! Not a lot of people know about this beach and most people tend to go to the beach next to this Hitotsuku beach.

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This beach maintains its natural beauty. There might be some rocky parts but that just shows how untouched it remains. When you get here, you might feel like you are not in Japan at all, but rather in a foreign country. Needless to say, the water here is beautiful and its color is light blue to emerald green. With the white beach, it creates a beautiful contrast of the sand, the water and the sky. Who wouldn’t like to have all of this natural beauty to yourself and enjoy a quiet day at the beach?

Hitotsuku Beach

Address: Oishiwaki, Hirado city, Nagasaki Prefecture

Hitotsuku Beach (Japanese)

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When it comes to beautiful beaches, a lot of people would imagine somewhere warm all year round like Okinawa or Hawaii. Although this beach is on the main land of Japan and close to Osaka, it is still beautiful. Suisho means crystal, as its name is suisho-hama, the water here is clear like crystals. This name did not only come from the crystal clear water, but also the sand there. The beach has countless small round pebbles and walking on the sand feels like you are walking on tiny crystals. This can also be attributed to the origin of the name. While you lie down on the beach enjoying sun bathing, you can see Tsunegami-Hanto Island.

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This beach is perfect for couples and families since the water doesn’t go too deep so small kids can play. Also this beach is known as “sunset beach”, so couples can enjoy a nice relaxing day at beach and spend a romantic evening while watching a gorgeous Japanese sunset.

Suisho-hama Beach

Mihama, Takenami, Mikata District, Fukui Prefecture

Suisho-hama Beach  (Japanese)

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This phantom beach is in Yoron Island, Kagoshima. Yoron Island is located in the southern most part of Kagoshima. Since it is in the southern part of Japan, the weather is really nice with an average temperature of 22.5 degrees celsius throughout the year. Now you might be wondering why it a phantom island.

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This Yurigahama beach only appears when the tide is low. Therefore, there is a limited time when you can actually be there. When the tide is high, this beach will be under the water. Depending on when or which day you go, the size of the beach will differ as well as the time it appears. Not only that, the number of islands changes as well. In the past, there was a time when seven island beaches appeared.

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Water at this beach is crystal clear, so much so that you can see completely through it. It is a paradise on earth, and it is called “the closest place to the heaven.” It might be a little troublesome to get here, but when you get there, you will forget about all the troubles you went through. It is worth it.

Yurigahama Beach

Address: Yoron-cho, Oshima district, Kagoshima Prefecture

Website: Yurigahama Beach (Japanese)

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Japan has many more beautiful beaches, but these four really stand out. No matter which one of these you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Japan may be known for its pop culture, futuristic technology, and unique architecture, but Japan is also a country with endless sights from untouched forests to hidden beaches. When planning your next visit to Japan maybe think about packing your swimsuit.