The beaches of the Boso Peninsula make for a popular and relatively easy daytrip or overnight journey from Tokyo. The eastern coast faces the open Pacific Ocean, making it one of Japan's premier surfing destinations. Meanwhile, the western coast offers calmer waters and views of Mount Fuji when visibility is very good.

Beach huts and rental shops are typically open only during the official swimming season which typically lasts from mid July through August. These places provide beachgoers with showers, changing rooms, shaded rest areas, food and drinks. 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 can be seen. Clamming, on the other hand, is a popular activity from spring to early summer, especially along the Kujukurihama Coast.

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.

  • Tonoshita Beach
    20 minutes by car or taxi from Yokoshiba Station
  • Katakai Beach
    20 minutes by bus from Togane Station, followed by a five minute walk
  • Ichinomiya Beach
    Ten minutes by bus from Kazusa Ichinomiya Station

South Boso Peninsula

The southern coast offers smaller beaches in protected inlets with calmer waters.

  • Onjuku Beach
    Seven minute walk from Onjuku Station
  • Moriya Beach
    Ten minute walk from Kazusa Okitsu Station
  • Niemonjima Island
    15 minute walk from Futomi Station, then a short ferry ride to the island (1350 yen for a round trip)
  • Wadaura Beach
    Seven minute walk from Wadaura Station
  • Minami Chikura Beach
    20 minute walk from Chikura Station
  • Nemoto Beach
    25 minutes by car or taxi from Tateyama Station
  • Hasama Beach
    25 minutes by bus from Tateyama Station
  • Okinoshima Island
    12 minutes by bus from Tateyama Station, followed by a 25 minute walk

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.

How to get to and around the Boso Peninsula