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Beaches Near Osaka

Shirahama, Wakayama

One thing metropolitan Kansai is not blessed with is an abundance of beaches, and when the hot season comes around, many people find themselves stumped when searching for places to enjoy sand and surf. So here are a few of my recommendations to help people living in the Osaka area enjoy this toasty summer weather with a relaxing time on the beach.

Suma

This is probably the most popular beach in the Keihanshin tri-city area, and also attracts many people from the Chugoku region. Located west of Sannomiya in Kobe, it is easily accessed via Suma Station on the JR Kobe Line/San’yo Main Line (it’s right outside the station). While it can be a bit crowded, this compact beach has a nice atmosphere, and a number of beach parties and DJ events are held here throughout the summer.

Tarui

If you’re looking for something a bit more secluded and less crowded, try “Tarui Southern Beach,” located about 15 min. on foot from Tarui Station on the Nankai Main Line (about 50 minutes from Nankai Namba Station). Even though it’s small, this beach offers rental parasols, food and drinks, and all the amenities you would find a larger beach.

Awajishima

This Biwako-shaped island located out in Osaka Bay/the Seto Inland Sea can be easily accessed via Kobe by ferry or bus, and has a number of small beaches lining its shores. There are also some sightseeing draws in the area, such as the Naruto Whirlpools out in the Seto Inland Sea.

Shirahama

This famous beach/hot spring resort area, located on the southern part of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture (facing the Pacific Ocean), is known for is beautiful white sands (imported from Australia), scrumptious seafood and luxury resorts. The beaches here are relatively clean and quite beautiful, and there are also some tourist attractions (many geared toward children) in case you are going as a family or on a date. It’s a couple hours from Osaka by JR limited express (Shirahama Station), so Shirahama is more of a weekend getaway than a day trip destination.

Isonoura

Located in Wakayama City, this is a large, rather crowded beach that’s popular among Kii Peninsula residents and Osakan alike. While it won’t offer the peace and quiet of a small beach, it does have a fun atmosphere and lots of chances to people-watch. Not to mention Wakayama has great food in general, so the chance to explore the city afterward is a plus. This beach can be accessed via Nankai Railway’s Isonoura Station.

A small safety note: Jellyfish tend to arrive in large numbers during the later part of summer, so please exercise caution from August onward if you plan to go swimming in the ocean.

A Personal Note: Please be sure to collect any trash that belongs to you to help keep Japan’s beaches clean. Coming from Oregon, where beaches are heavily protected and kept in a very natural state, I am always shocked at the amount of trash people leave behind on the sand, and I hope everyone will avoid this sort of behavior.

  1. pamela
    August 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

    tarui? is that the same or close to tannowa? the pichi pichi/toki meki beaches a tolerable walking distance from nankai tannowa station were my “hidden” spots.

  2. Maha
    August 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

    There’s also Maiko Beach, a five minute walk from JR Maiko in Kobe. You can’t swim out very far or surf, but there’s lifeguards/amenities and it’s generally cleaner than the other beaches.

  3. August 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for both of your comments! I will check out the places you mentioned while it’s still sunny!

    Pamela–I just did some research, and it looks like Tarui is close to the beaches you mentioned (only a few stops down the line).

  4. pamela
    August 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Yeah, I checked the Nankai site and Tarui is just a few stops north of Tannowa. I believe Tannowa is the last stop in Osaka before Wakayama. Hope you get a chance to go!

  5. sanjay
    August 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I am visiting japan on october so what will the climate on that time.And how is awajishima?

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