Beaches line the coast of the Boso Peninsula and are a popular and relatively easy daytrip from Tokyo. The eastern coast faces the Pacific Ocean, making surfing and body boarding popular activities, while the western coast offers calmer waters and views of Mount Fuji when visibility is very good.
Beach huts and rental shops are typically only open during the swimming season. These places provide beachgoers with showers, changing rooms, shaded rest areas, food and drinks. The swimming season on the Boso Peninsula lasts typically from mid July through August, similar to the season at other beaches around Tokyo. Surfing is a popular activity all year around, and there are a number of surf shops especially along the Kujukurihama Coast. Lifeguards patrol the beaches during the summer.
Snorkeling is not a popular activity on the Boso Peninsula except around the islands of Okinoshima and Niemonjima where small fish and sea insects can be seen. Clamming, on the other hand, is a popular activity from spring to early summer, especially along the Kujukurihama Coast.
The Kujukurihama Coast on the eastern side of the Boso Peninsula is an approximately 60 kilometer long, sandy coastline lined with numerous beaches. Surfing and body boarding are popular activities along the coast, even in the winter. Below are some of the more popular beaches along Kujukurihama.
20 minutes by car or taxi from Yokoshiba Station
Tonoshita Beach is a wide beach with shallow waters that stretch on for a distance. The beach is popular with families, and the waters are suitable for children to swim in. Beach huts and rental shops provide beachgoers with facilities like warm showers and beach equipment as well as food and drinks. Hasunuma Water Garden, a popular water park with lots of slides, is located beside the beach (admission fee applies).
20 minutes by bus from Togane Station, followed by a five minute walk
Katakai Beach lies in the middle of the Kujukurihama Coast and is one of the most visited beaches in the area. Surfing is very popular here in addition to swimming and body boarding. Numerous beach huts and rental shops line the shore, and public facilities include toilets and outdoor showers. One of the food specialties at Katakai is grilled hamaguri clam which is sold at almost all beach huts.
Ten minutes by bus from Kazusa Ichinomiya Station
Ichinomiya Beach is a popular surfing beach at the southern end of the Kujukurihama Coast. Digging for clams is also an activity popular with families at the expansive beach in addition to swimming and sunbathing. There are numerous beach huts and rental shops offering beachgoers food, drinks and rental equipment.
South Boso Peninsula
The southern coast offers smaller beaches, many located in protected inlets that offer calmer waters.
Seven minute walk from Onjuku Station
Onjuku Beach is a popular, crescent-shaped beach located in Onjuku. Swimming, body boarding and surfing are popular activities here. Beach huts and rental shops line the shore and public facilities include toilets and outdoor showers.
Ten minute walk from Kazusa Okitsu Station
Moriya Beach lies in a cove and has relatively calm and clear waters suitable for children and for swimming. There are beach huts and rental shops offering beachgoers food, drinks, rental equipment and paid showers. Toilets are free to use.
15 minute walk from Futomi Station, the a short ferry ride to the island (1350 yen for a 1-day pass)
Niemonjima Island is made up of one large island and a number of smaller rock outcrops in the sea. The ferry crossing takes less than five minutes, and there is a single store on the island that serves both a restaurant and rental shop. Swimming and snorkeling are popular in the small eddies and waters around the island. There is a walking course around the island which can be completed in less than 30 minutes. Note that there are no lifeguards on the island.
Seven minute walk from Wadaura Station
Wadaura Beach is popular with families. Quiet waves make it suitable for children to swim in and craggy rocks near the beach allow for closer inspection of the creatures that live there. Not far from Wadaura Beach is Hanazono Beach which is popular as a surfing beach. Public facilities include outdoor showers and toilets, but note that there are no beach huts nor rental shops. There is an observation deck at the end of the beach which provides views of the nearby coast, and is a sunrise viewing spot as well.
Minami Chikura Beach
20 minute walk from Chikura Station
Minami Chikura Beach is towards the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula. Swimming, body boarding and surfing are popular activities here. Beach huts offer food and drinks, while public facilities include toilets and outdoor showers. Parking is free for those arriving by car.
25 minutes by car or taxi from Tateyama Station
Nemoto Beach is a beach with a campsite located on it. Campers can drive their camper vans or cars right onto the beach and set up their tents beside. The site is very popular in the summer as it combines camping with beach activities. Barbecue pits are allowed on the beach but there are no rental shops nor beach huts on site. Public facilities include toilets and outdoor showers. Izu Oshima, the largest of the Izu Islands can be seen from the beach when the weather is clear.
25 minutes by bus from Tateyama Station
The 200 meter long Hasama Beach faces Tateyama Bay on the western side of the Boso Peninsula. The clear and shallow waters have gentle waves, making it suitable for swimming and there is also a saltwater pool for kids nearby. Beach huts and rental shops line the shore, providing beachgoers with food, drinks and rental equipment. The Miura Peninsula located across the water can be seen when visibility is good.
12 minutes by bus from Tateyama Station, followed by a 25 minute walk
Okinoshima Island is a small island connected to the mainland by a sandbar not far from Tateyama. Snorkeling and swimming are popular activities around the island, and children enjoy hunting for the insects that live on the rocks by the shore. Many beachgoers set up their beach tents on the sandbar connecting the island with the mainland while others set up theirs on the sidewalk along the parking area. There are rental shops and limited public toilets near the island. Parking is free for those arriving by car.
Getting there and around
Some of the beaches are within walking distance of the nearest train station, while others require a bus or taxi ride. Parking lots are found near many of the beaches. Most are paid with daily rates starting from 1000 yen.