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May 23rd, 2006, 02:04 PM
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Best beaches in Japan?

Ciao, I have a unusual question... Is there any beautifull beach in Japan where is worth spending a couple of days at seaside during our trip in August?
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May 23rd, 2006, 03:03 PM
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Japan really isn't known for beaches. Though it is an island, the sea has traditionally been viewed in 2 ways...for food and as a threat. Much of the coastline is built up with retaining walls and surf breaks. Any beaches that are a little bit nice are crowded beyond belief, and there is the garbage left at the end of the day to prove it. Less popular beaches are dirtier. The water quality is questionable as well in most places. Though Okinawa has some nice beach resort areas, the month of August will be sweltering hot there, and typhoons are also possible.

Bottom line...if you are thinking beautiful beach Greece, Carribean, even Thailand...you won't find it.

Instead, it might be more worthwhile and an all around better experience to spend a couple of days at a beautiful onsen hotel somewhere in the country or mountains. In August, many people go to Karuizawa for the cooler air and the nice resorts and the outlet shopping (of course). Small towns in Nagano prefecture that cater to skiers in winter may appeal to you in summer.
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May 24th, 2006, 02:38 AM
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Thanks KimJapan, lesson learned!

Grazie, ciao.

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Jun 7th, 2006, 06:45 AM
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KimJapan probably said it best. My travels in Japan are mostly in the area of Tokyo to the Japanese Alps and North, but I have made a couple of trips to Hiroshima. If you're looking for some romantic beach areas you can find them there. But it's not because the beaches themself are so nice, it's more the scenery - the mountains, the islands, the small inlets and sand bars...but it's still Japan. Don't expect Thailand or Bali or Hawaii or anything remotely comparable.
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