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Tokyo offers a few beaches along its coast, but the water quality in the city is rather low, although it has been improving steadily over recent decades. Many more beaches are located within a 1-2 hour train ride in nearby Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures and on the Izu Peninsula.

The beaches around Tokyo allow for sunbathing and swimming, and many are also good for surfing and windsurfing. Unlike the beaches in Okinawa, most beaches around Tokyo are not ideal for snorkeling and diving except for a few on the Izu Peninsula.

The swimming season around Tokyo spans July and August, during which time lifeguards are on duty. Some beaches offer permanent toilet and shower facilities, while temporary beach huts open during the swimming season, providing beachgoers with additional showers, changing rooms, shaded rest areas, food, drinks and beach paraphernalia for rent. Some beaches near urban areas prohibit alcohol consumption, exposed tattoos, noise and fireworks.

Central Tokyo

There are a handful of sand beaches in the city where people can enjoy sunbathing. However these beaches have some of the country's strictest rules, and swimming is generally prohibited due to the poor water quality in the bay. At some beaches it is okay to wade into the shallow parts of the water, but fully submerging yourself or your face may be prohibited.

Odaiba Beach

5 minute walk from Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station

Kasai Kaihin Park Beach

10 minute walk from Kasai Rinkai Koen Station

Shonan Coast

The Shonan Coast stretches over a few dozen kilometers along the shoreline of Kanagawa Prefecture. Many of the beaches along the Shonan Coast are popular for sunbathing and swimming, while surfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding can also be done at some locations. Being close to the city, the rules at some of the beaches along the Shonan Coast can be fairly strict. Beaches along the coast can usually be reached in 5-20 minute walks from a nearby train station.

Kamakura Beaches

20 min walk from Kamakura Station or 5 min walk from Yuigahama Station

Enoshima Beaches

Five minutes on foot from Enoshima or Katase-Enoshima stations

Kugenuma Beach

About ten minutes on foot from Kugenuma Kaigan Station

Chigasaki Beach

20 minute walk from Chigasaki Station

Miura Peninsula

The Miura Peninsula is a small peninsula south of Yokohama. The more popular beaches on the peninsula are found in the towns of Zushi and Hayama along the western coast which offer views of Mount Fuji on clear days. The rules tend to be strict, especially around Zushi Beach. Most of the beaches on the peninsula are within a short bus ride from a nearby train station.

Zushi Beach

15 minute walk from Zushi Station

Morito Beach

10 min by bus #12 from Zushi Station (Morito Kaigan, 200 yen one way)

Isshiki Beach

15 minutes by bus #12 from Zushi Station (Isshiki Kaigan, 260 yen one way)

Izu Peninsula

Located a little further away, the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture offers many of the best beaches near Tokyo, especially around its southern tip. Some of the beaches are even somewhat enjoyable for snorkeling. There are generally fewer rules at the beaches in Izu compared to those closer to Tokyo. Most only prohibit barbecuing and camping.

Atami Sun Beach

Ten minute walk from Atami Station

Nagahama Beach

10 minute walk from Izutaga Station or 20 minutes by bus from Atami

Shirahama Beach

Ten minutes by bus from Shimoda Station

Kujuppama Beach

20 minutes by bus from Shimoda Station, followed by a short walk along a relatively steep slope to the beach

Hirizo Beach

Two minute ferry ride from Nakagi Port (2000 yen for a 1-day pass)

Noribama Beach

Immediately south of Dogashima

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Boso Peninsula

The western and southern coasts of the Boso Peninsula face the Pacific Ocean and are lined by beaches. The most famous of all is Kujukurihama Coast, an almost 60 kilometer stretch made up of several beaches. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, surfing is very popular at many beaches. Lifeguards patrol the waters and temporary beach huts and rental shops offer additional facilities during the summer.

Katakai Beach

20 minutes by bus from Togane Station, followed by a five minute walk

Onjuku Beach

Seven minute walk from Onjuku Station

Niemonjima Beach

15 minute walk from Futomi Station, the a short ferry ride to the island (1350 yen for a 1-day pass)

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Ibaraki

Ibaraki Prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean and offers several very spacious beaches with wide and shallow shores that can easily accommodate a lot of people without feeling overcrowded. Body boarding, swimming and sunbathing are the more popular activities in Ibaraki. Lifeguards patrol the waters and temporary beach huts and rental shops offer additional facilities during the summer.

Oarai Sun Beach

20 minute walk or five minute bus ride from Oarai Station

Hasaki Beach

Ten minutes by bus from Choshi Station, followed by a five minute walk

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      Featuring free WiFi and a hot tub, Mokkoan offers accommodation in Kita Ward, Tokyo. Private parking is available on site. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain units have a seating area where you can relax. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. The guest house also offers free use of bicycles. Yokohama is 37 km from Mokkoan, while Chiba is 41 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 24 km from Mokkoan.
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    • HISAYO'S INN
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      Set in the Ota Ward district in Tokyo, 5 km from Tokyo International Airport Terminal No2 Observation Deck, HISAYO'S INN features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Each room has air conditioning and a safety deposit box. A shared kitchen comes with a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, toaster and electric kettle. Bathrooms are shared and include free toiletries, towels, hairdryer, mouthwash and toothpaste. You will find a washing machine, tumble dryer and electrical adapter. Guests can try Japanese traditional haori jacket and have their photos taken free of charge. Rental bikes are available, and the staff can assist guests try on a yukata robe for female at a fee. Free luggage storage service is offered. Bike hire is available at this guest house and the area is popular for cycling. Oedo Onsen Monogatari is 8 km from HISAYO'S INN, while Fuji TV Odaiba is 9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 3 km from HISAYO'S INN.
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    • SOLA HOTEL
      Mid-range
      Located in Tokyo, near Kamejimashogakko Memorial Park, Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Umeyashiki Monument, SOLA HOTEL features free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a shared lounge and a terrace. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. Some units include a seating area and/or a balcony. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Olinas Kinshicho Shopping Mall, Tobacco & Salt Museum and Gokinimono Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from SOLA HOTEL.
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    • The Barn Tokyo
      Mid-range
      Well situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, The Barn Tokyo is set 300 metres from Shikian, 300 metres from Calligraphy Museum and 400 metres from Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Mausoleum Imperial Scroll Gate. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is close to popular attractions like Kanei-ji Temple, Chosho-ji Temple and Kemmyo-in Temple. The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At The Barn Tokyo all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nippori South Park, Tokugawa Ietsuna's Mausoleum Gate Plaque and Kuroda Memorial Hall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 19 km from The Barn Tokyo.
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    • Sakura Cross Hotel Tokyo Kayabacho
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    • Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo
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      Conveniently situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo is located 60 metres from Komagatado, 500 metres from Kaminarimon Gate Senso-ji and 500 metres from Ekimise Asakusa. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. Guest rooms include bed linen. The hostel offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo include Hozomon Gate, Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum and World Bags and Luggage Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from the accommodation.
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    • The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel
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    • Palace Hotel Tokyo
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    • Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo
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    • The Edo Sakura
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