The nearest swimming and surfing spot from Tokyo

Early morning Katase Higashihama BeachMany people surfing in Katase Nishihama BeachThe beach and coast is one of major tourist attraction of Enoshima and Kamakura. In summer vacation season, a lot of people visit here and enjoy swimming or sunbathing in this nearest natural beaches from Tokyo for one-day trip.

Especially, Katase Higashihama Beach has a long history as the first western style swimming beach in Japan since Meiji era.
However, beaches in Shichirigahama and Inamuragasaki has been closed because of the erosion of the sandy beach (*Swimming is prohibited there).

There are no swimming beach inside of Enoshima Island, but there are several coast where you can see the magnificent scenery with Mt.Fuji.

Beach and Coast sightseeing guide

Basic info for the swimming beaches in Enoshima and Kamakura.
(*It is common at all beaches)
  • The swimming beach is open only periods from July 1 to August 31 every year. Seaside resthouses and restaurants in the beach are open only same period, too.
  • To enter the sea is possible only from 9:00 to 17:00 (5:00 pm) everyday
  • Life savers are on duty during above period.
  • Depending on the weather and condition of the sea, it may not allowed to enter the sea.
  • Having a barbecue in the beach is prohibited by law.
  • Smoking in the beach is not allowed except for designated smoking area and smoking seats in the resthouse or restaurant.
  • Drinking alcohol in the beach is not allowed except for in the resthouse or restaurant. (*Only in Yuigahama and Zaimokuza beaches in Kamakura City)
Beach (the seashore that you may swim)
Coast and Cove (the seashore that you may not swim)

Katase Higashihama and Koshigoe Beach

Katase Higashihama Beach and Enoshima Island
Here is one of the most famous, historical and crowded beach not only around Enoshima and Kamakura area but also in Japan.
Thanks to the location of Enoshima Island, wave is calm through the year.

The beach is called as "Miamibeach in the east". The origin of this byname is many people concerned with U.S. forces visit here for leisure after the Korean War, and called the beach as "Miami". This byname is renamed to "Miamibeach in the east" because Fujisawa City concluded the agreement of the sister city with Miamibeach City in the U.S.

Many seaside resthouses and restaurants are lined along the shore and hold the event mainly on the weekend. Because so, the beach is crowded with many people during the summer two months of July and August.
The beach is divided for swimmers area and surfers area. Crowded Katase Higashihama Beach
Using the wide sandy beach, the exhibition of marine sports may be held sometime. There is much space in Koshigoe Beach than neighboring Katase Higashihama
[How to get there]
  • From Katase-Enoshima Station, go straight and cross the bridge.
  • Then, finished cross the bridge, there is a downstairs to the underpass on your right. You can go to the beach, if you turn left at the center of the underpass.
  • From Enoshima Station or Shonan-Enoshima Station, go left and walk down Subana Street to seaside. Go underpass and turn left at the center of the underpass, you will go to the beach.
More detail area guide for Katase Higashihama and Koshigoe Beaches.

Katase Nishihama Beach

Crowded Katase Nishihama Beach
Katase Nishihama Beach is the most crowded beach in Japan during the summer and a part of "Miamibeach in the east". In addition, this shore is the place where surfing and beach volleyball were played for the first time in Japan.
Here is also known for splendid vast oceanview including Mount Fuji and beautiful sunset spot.
Because this beach is faces the Pacific, a wave may rise when wind is strong.

Many seaside resthouses and restaurants are also lined along the shore during the summer two months of July and August.
Except for the summer season, it may do dragnet fishing here sometime.

The venue of Fujisawa Fireworks display (held on August and October) is in the offing the beach.
The beach is crowded with surfers almost everyday Seaside resthouses are line in the beach.
The beach is crowded with surfers almost everyday Sunset scenery with Mt.Fuji from the beach.
[How to get there]
  • If you are in Katase-Enoshima Station, turn right and cross the seaside road. You can go to the beach from around Enoshima Aquarium.
  • From Enoshima Station or Shonan-Enoshima Station, go left and walk Subana Street to seaside. Go underpass and cross the seaside road, turn right and up the stair then cross the bridge, you will arrive Enoshima Aquarium and able to go to the beach.
More detail area guide for Katase Nishihama Beach.

Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach

Wide sand beach of Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach.
Yuigahama Beach and Zaimokuza Beach is the popular swimming beach in Kamakura.
These two beaches are next to each other and easy to coming and going. West side from the river is Yuigahama and east side from the river is Zaimokuza.
Here is popular with families having an infant, because of the wide sand beach and the sea is shallow off the shore.

The origin of the beach that residents of neighboring villas in Hase began swimming for the leisure in the Meiji era.

Here also more than 20 seaside resthouses and restaurants are lined along the shore and crowded with many people during the summer two months of July and August. All of seaside resthouses and restaurants in the beach are accepts major credit card for payment.
[How to get there]
  • From Yuigahama Station, go left then turn right at the first corner.
  • At the corner of Matsubaraan restaurant [鎌倉 松原庵], turn left and walk along the road to the seaside road. You will reach the beach when you cross the seaside road. (8 minutes by walk / 400meters)

Nishiura Cove (near Nakamise Street)

Overview of Nishiura Cove
Entrance of Nishiura Cove.Nishiura Cove is in backside of busy Nakamise Street in Enoshima.
If you go further a small alley that is in between a Ryokan-style hotel and a seafood restaurant, there is a small and tranquil cove.
This small cove facing to the west is not so popular with tourist, but one of the excellent place to see Mt.Fuji and the sunset in the island.
View from stairway to Chigogafuchi. Old stone lantern and Mt.Fuji in the late afternoon sky.
[How to get there]
  • Pass through the green bronze Torii gate and climb the slope of Nakamise Street.
  • On your right side of the middle of the slope, there is a very small alley between Harumi Shokudo restaurant and Iwamotoro Ryokan hotel.
  • Go straight the alley to the end and down the stair, here is Nishiura Cove.
More detail area guide for Nishiura Cove and Nakamise Street.

Chigogafuchi Abyss and near Iwaya Caves

Reef in Chigogafuchi Abbys
The west end of Enoshima Island, Chigogafuchi Abyss is in the shore where a reef spreads out. Here is famous for Mount Fuji and sunset viewing spot from old days and also known as a good surf-fishing spot.
Near around ocean in Chigogafuchi
During low tide, you can go down to the reef and enjoy superb view from near the sea. However, please pay attention for your foot since unstable by rocks and slippy seaweed.
[How to get there]
  • Take Bentenmaru ferry boat from the pier near Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge.
  • or
  • Walk "Oiwayamichi" long winding stairway bound for Okutsunomiya shrine of Enoshima Jinja Shrine and go further to Iwaya Cave.
  • (*Use the shortcut way between Red Torii gate and Yama-futatsu valley, you can save time and go there easier)
More detail area guide for Chigogafuchi and Iwaya Cave.

Southern Coast (ahead of embankment)

Cliff and reef in Southern Coast.
Southern Coast in ahead of the embankment is another good place to see Mount Fuji especially at dusk.
Reef has spread in this area, it is possible to walk around different harsh atmosphere of the rocks that can't see in other place in Enoshima.
However, because the whole of the reef is almost sunk underwater, it is unable to enter here during high tide.

(*Here is a place of the closed to the public for safety reasons, however it is consented tacitly to enter here at your own risks. So, do not go to near the cliff and must not enter into cliff side of the wirerope.)
[How to get there]
  • Turn left for Higashimachi and Yacht Harbor, when you finished cross the bridge.
  • Then, go to the way to Shotenjima Park and small rock mountain on the right side.
  • After passing aside of the park, turn right and go to the road which is between the park and closed site.
  • When you turn left go further ahead, there is a embankment in front of you. Entrance to the coast is in right cliffside.
More detail area guide for Southern Coast in behind of Higashimachi town.

Kamakura Koko Mae

View from the seashore near Kamkura Koko Mae Station.
There is a small sandy coast in 2 or 3 minutes walk from Kamakura Koko Mae Station.
Because a wave from the Pacific reaches directly here, this coast is not suitable for swimming and playing in the water. But it is the place where you can see very wide scenery, seeing part of Kamakura City, Inamuragasaki and Shichirigahama to the east, Enoshima Island to the west. Seaview at the late afternoon is beautiful, too.
[How to get there]
  • A few minutes walk from Kamakura Koko Mae Station of Enoden Line.
More detail area guide for Kamakura Koko Mae Station and around.

Shichirigahama

Oceanview from the parking in Shichirigahama.
At the coast in Shichirigahama, swimming is prohibited under the influence of the topography of the sea floor, but is a popular surfing spot because the varied waves occur.
In addition, the coast is known for the beautiful scenery, such as overlooking the Mt.Fuji over the sea in the evening or overlooks a Enoden train and the sea from the top of the slope that continued from the seaside.
Surfers in Shichirigahama Coast. Enoden train and the sea in Sichirigahama.
[How to get there]
  • Turn left to the main road at the front of Shichirigahama Station of Enoden Line.
  • Then, turn right and go to the seaside. There is a large open-air parking to your left.
More detail area guide for Shichirigahama and near around Inamuragasaki.

Inamuragasaki

Sunset view at Inamuragasaki Cape.
Overview from Inamuragasaki Cape.In Inamuragasaki, there was a swimming beach until 2003. However, it was closed due to erosion of the sand beach.
There is a cape in the east of the coast and here is one of the famous beautiful sunset viewing spot in Japan. It is possible to see the magnificent sunset scenery together with Enoshima Island and Mount Fuji from here.
[How to get there]
  • Turn left and cross Enoden Line railway from Inamuragasaki Station.
  • Again turn left at the front of 7-11 convenient store and along the road.
  • Then, turn right and down the slope, you will reach the seaside road. The cape park is in seaside hill to your left.
More detail area guide for Inamuragasaki Cape and near Shichirigahama Coast.
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