Explore the Many Beaches of Shimoda

Sitting along the southern coast of Izu, Shimoda is home to some of the peninsula’s most stunning and fascinating beaches. From heart shaped caves, to sand ski slopes to little slices of Okinawa style paradises all within a stone’s throw from one another, Shimoda’s beaches have it all.

Explore the Many Beaches of Shimoda

Spend some time here and you’ll quickly realize why Shirahama is Shimoda’s most popular beach. Crystal clear water, soft white sand, and decent waves, it’s a little slice of Okinawa just a few hours from Tokyo. Stretching 800 meters long, the beach has become one of Izu’s most popular tourist attractions. Thankfully though, even during the steamy summer months, when Tokyo locals flock down south, the area never feels too crowded. Located about five kms east of Izukyu-Shimoda Station, the beach surroundings are home to plenty of stores, restaurants and surf rental shops ready to supply you with everything you need.

Explore the Many Beaches of Shimoda

Peak swimming season typically starts in mid-July and goes all the way through to the end of August. However, if the weather is good, it can begin as early as May and stretch all the way through to September. No matter the season, if you’re in the area Shirahama is worth a visit even just to check out the Shinto shrine that stands on the cliffs looking over the beach.

Explore the Many Beaches of Shimoda

If you’re travelling by public transport the best way to get to Shirahama Beach is via the bus bound for Itadoichiki from Izukyu-Shimoda Station. From there you can get off at Shirahama Kaigan, the trip will take around 10 minutes and cost about 330 yen each way.

Explore the Many Beaches of Shimoda

If it’s laid back, understated beachside relaxation you’re after then you can’t go past the understated yet beautiful white sands of Nabetahama beach. Nested between towering cliff faces, this is actually the closest beach to the Shimoda city centre. Getting there is an easy seven-minute bus ride from the station or if you want to walk the trip it will take about 15 or 20 minutes by foot. If you get hungry, take a little journey away from the waterside and you’ll find a whole stack of locally run restaurants and cafes scattered alongside paths jutting off the main road.

Explore the Many Beaches of Shimoda

If you’re after a little more adventure make your way to the nearby Touji sand skiing grounds to try your hand at the beach’s famous sand slopes. Covered in sand naturally deposited by the coastal winds, the slopes sit at a very accessible 30 degree angle and stretch on for 70 meters in long and 100 meters wide. If you are brave enough to try it out you can rent a sled nearby the grounds for 200 yen per 90 minutes.

Explore the Many Beaches of Shimoda
Facility Name
Izukyushimoda
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Higashihongou 1-chome
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shirahama Beach
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Shirahama
Introduction
This is a beach in Shizuoka Prefecture which boasts of the beauty of its white sand and crystal clear waters. A feature of this beach is that it has three beaches which are each distinct. “Shirahama Ohama Beach” is an 800-meter-long beach which brims with a feeling of openness. The beach is a Mecca for surfers and wind surfers and gets crowded with young people. “Shirahama Central Beach” is on the northern side of the Shirahama Ohama Beach and besides its sandy beach, it has a rocky area where you can gather shellfish on the seashore. The waves are calm in the cove section and there are also many people bathing with their families. “Itado Coast” is a district which imparts a sense of a quiet and relaxing fishing village which has remained unchanged. There are numerous ways you can enjoy this place such as snorkeling and fishing.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Toji Sand Skiing Resort
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Touji
Phone
0558221531
Introduction
This is a sand ski resort in Toji Beach, Toji, Shimoda City. Visitors can ride a sled and enjoy sliding down a 70 meter long, 100 meter wide, and 30 degrees slope of sand dunes deposited by the wind. As use of the area is free of charge, if you bring your own sled you can have a good time at no cost (a parking fee is only charged in summer). Sleds are available for hire so you can also enjoy the area even if you come empty-handed.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Izukyushimoda

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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Higashihongou 1-chome
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    Shirahama Beach

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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Shirahama
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    Toji Sand Skiing Resort

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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Touji
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