A Guide to Ibaraki’s Beaches

Within Ibaraki Prefecture there are 17 beaches for swimming, among which are 5 of the 7 beaches in the Kanto area chosen by the Ministry of the Environment as ‘Japan’s 100 Best Beaches’. Ibaraki’s swimming beaches are famous for their clear, clean water. Come and enjoy the summer at one of Ibaraki’s beaches!

Beach Details:

Takahagi Beach (Takahagi)

Only a 10 minute walk from Takahagi Station, this beach is perfectly located. The contrast between the clear, wide ocean and the white sandy beach is breathtaking.

Period: July 21st to August 19th

Access: Car – 10min from the Takahagi IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 10min walk from Takahagi Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (1000yen for regular, 2000 yen for mid-size, 3000 yen for larger vehicles)

Inquiries: Takahagi Tourism Association  0293-23-7316

 

Ishihama Beach (Hitachi)

This is a beautiful beach dotted with pine trees, selected as both one of the 100 best beaches in Japan and one of the 100 most beautiful white sand and pine tree beaches in Japan.

Period: July 21st to August 19th

Access: Car – 15min from the Hitachi Kita IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 10min by bus from Juo Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (370 spaces at 1000 yen each, 2000 yen for large buses)

Inquiries: Hitachi Tourism Association  0294-22-3111

 

Kawajiri Beach (Hitachi)

This beach is right next to Kawajiri Port and its best features are the calm waves and wide, shallow sands. This is a place where even families with small children can enjoy swimming and playing on the shore.

Period: July 21st to August 19th

Access: Car – 5min from the Hitachi Kita IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 5min by taxi from Juo Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (105 places at 1000 yen each)

Inquiries: Hitachi Tourism Association  0294-22-3111

 

Ouse Beach (Hitachi)

The closest beach to Hitachi Station. The tides form natural pools in the rocky shores that are extremely popular with children.

Period: July 21st to August 19th

Access: Car – 15min from the Hitachi Chuo IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 10min walk from the Beach Exit of Hitachi Station on the JR  Joban Line

Parking: Paid (180 spaces at 1000 yen each)

Inquiries: Hitachi Tourism Association  0294-22-3111

 

Kawarago Beach (Hitachi)

This popular beach has been chosen as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan. This beach’s attractions include the wide, shallow shore, the clear, clean water, and large stretches of sand.

Period: July 21st to August 19th

Access: Car – 20min from the Hitachi Minami Ota IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 5min by bus from Hitachi Taga Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (630 spaces at 1000 yen each, large buses 2000 yen)

Inquiries: Hitachi Tourism Association  0294-22-3111

 

Mizuki Beach (Hitachi)

This tiny beach is a hidden gem sandwiched between Kawarago Beach and Kujihama Beach. Chosen as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan, it features very calm waves.

Period: July 21st to August 19th

Access: Car – 20min from the Hitachi Minami Ota IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 5min by taxi from Omika Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (100 spaces at 1000 yen each)

Inquiries: Hitachi Tourism Association  0294-22-3111

 

Kujihama Beach (Hitachi)

Close to both Kuji Fishing Port and Hitachi Port, this beach features a white lighthouse and a deep azure sea as well as exquisitely beautiful white beaches and green pine trees.

Period: July 21st to August 19th

Access: Car – 20min from the Hitachi Minami Ota IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 5min by taxi from Omika Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (350 spaces at 1000 yen each, 2000 yen for large buses)

Inquiries: Hitachi Tourism Association  0294-22-3111

 

Ajigaura Beach (Hitachinaka)

A beautiful beach spanning 1.5km curving in a pine-tree dotted arc. Popular with couples and families with young children.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 3min from the Hitachi Kaihin Park IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway after the Tomobe JCT on the Joban Expressway

Train – 5min walk from Ajigaura Station on the Hitachinaka Kaihin Railway Line, after riding from Katsuta Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Tourism Association Parking (200 spaces at 1000 yen each)

Inquiries: Hitachinaka Tourism Association  029-273-0116

 

Hiraiso Beach (Hitachinaka)

This is a beach with calm waves, surrounded by dykes and breakers, making it perfect for families with children. The ‘Daichan the Whale’ floating slide is extremely popular with children.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 15min from the Hitachi Kaihin Park IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway after the Tomobe JCT on the Joban Expressway

Train – 5min walk from Hiraiso Station on the Hitachinaka Kaihin Railway Line, after riding from Katsuta Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (100 spaces at 800 yen each, summer only)

Inquiries: Hitachinaka Tourism Association  029-273-0116

 

Uba-no-futokoro Marine Pool (Hitachinaka)

A pool in the ocean making use of the high tide. A very popular leisure spot for families with children.

Period: July 14th to August 22nd

Access: Car – 10min from the Hitachinaka IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway after the Tomobe IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 15min walk from Tonoyama Station on the Hitachinaka Kaihin Railway Line, after riding from Katsuta Station on the JR Joban Line

Parking: Paid (100 spaces)

Inquiries: Hitachinaka Tourism Association  029-273-0116

 

Oarai Beach (Oarai)

A beach featuring beautiful natural scenery backgrounded by forests. The beach itself is composed of natural pools formed between the rocks, and is popular with children because of the crabs and starfish that can be found there.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 15min from the Mito-Oarai IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway after the Tomobe IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 10min by bus from Oarai Station on the Kashima Coastal Railway Oarai Kashima Line

Parking: Paid (1000 spaces; large vehicles 2390 yen, midsize 990 yen, regular 780 yen, motorcycles 320 yen)

Inquiries: Oarai Commerce and Tourism Division  029-267-5111

 

Oarai Sun Beach (Oarai)

This beach is proud to be the biggest in size in the Joban area. This beach is also known for being barrier-free, offering free rentals of wheelchairs that can enter the water and taking other considerations to make it possible for those with disabilities to enjoy the beach.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 10min from the Mito-Oarai IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway after the Tomobe IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 10min by bus from Oarai Station on the Kashima Coastal Railway Oarai Kashima Line

Parking: Paid (7500 spaces; large vehicles 3000 yen, midsize 1300 yen, regular 1000 yen, motorcycles 400 yen)

Inquiries: Oarai Commerce and Tourism Division  029-267-5111

 

Otake Coast Hokota Beach (Hokota)

The Otake Coast is also known as Ibaraki’s Gold Coast, featuring long, white sandy beaches and clear blue waters.

Period: July 14th to August 15th

Access: Car – 40min from the Iwama IC on the Joban Expressway

Train – 10min by taxi from Shin Hokota Station on the Kashima Coastal Railway Oarai Kashima Line

Parking: Paid (1500 spaces, regular 1000 yen)

Inquiries: Hokota City Hall, Manufacturing and Economy Division  0291-33-2111

 

Oritsu Beach (Kashima)

This beach features beautifully clear waters and a pretty sandy shore, making it easy for swimming.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 20min from the Itako IC on the Higashi Kanto Expressway

Train – 10min by taxi from Kashima Jingu Station on the Kashima Coastal Railway Oarai Kashima Line

Parking: Paid (400 spaces; regular 800 yen, midsize 1000 yen, large 2000 yen)

Inquiries: Kashima Tourism Association  0299-82-7730

 

Hirai Beach (Kashima)

A hidden gem located to the south of Oritsu Beach. Its attractions include a wide beach and calm waves that make it perfect for swimming.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 20min from the Itako IC on the Higashi Kanto Expressway

Train – 10min by taxi from Kashima Jingu Station on the Kashima Coastal Railway Oarai Kashima Line

Parking: Paid (1000 spaces; regular 800 yen, midsize 1000 yen, large 2000 yen)

Inquiries: Kashima Tourism Association  0299-82-7730

 

Nikkawahama Beach (Kamisu)

A beach popular for its wide, white sandy beaches and beautiful views. Very appealing to families with children due to the low parking fees.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 25min from the Itako IC on the Higashi Kanto Expressway

Train – 40min by bus from Kashima Jingu Station on the Kashima Coastal Railway Oarai Kashima Line

Parking: Paid (400 spaces; regular 200 yen, midsize 1030 yen, large 1540 yen)

Inquiries: Kamisu Commerce and Tourism Division  0299-90-1217

 

Hasaki Beach (Kamisu)

A shallow beach with clear water that has been chosen as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan. There are many spots for surfing and body-boarding, making it great for marine sports.

Period: July 14th to August 19th

Access: Car – 40min from the Itako IC on the Higashi Kanto Expressway

Train – 15min by bus from Choshi Station on the JR Sobu Main Line

Parking: Paid (600 spaces; regular 500 yen, midsize 1000 yen, large 1500 yen)

Inquiries: Kamisu Commerce and Tourism Division  0299-90-1217

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