BeachesMost of the beaches in Shimoda have been awarded the highest grade of water quality by the Ministry of Environment’s 4 grade water cleanliness ranking system. Like all beaches in Japan, there is an official period that these beaches are “open”. You can use the beach outside of season, but there are no lifeguards or facilities available. A selection of beaches in the area (this is not the full list):
Shirahama Oohama Beach800 metres long, about 100 metres wide. SEASON: July 1st to August 31st. LIFEGUARDS: 4 lifeguard towers. FACILITIES: 2 toilets, 2 showers. Beach umbrellas, sun beds, floats and other things are available for rent from the Tourist association shop on the beach. There are some shops and restaurants along the promenade. PARKING: 400 spaces, prices vary between each parking area.
Kujyuuhama BeachVery picturesque beach with clear blue sea. Only 50 metres long and 40 metres wide. SEASON: July 16th to August 21st. LIFEGUARDS: On duty from 8am to 4pm. FACILITIES: 3 coin showers. Beach umbrellas, sun beds, floats and others available for rent. PARKING: 135 spaces, charges apply during beach season. Free from August 31st.
Nabetahama BeachAnother picturesque beach, the closest to Shimoda city area. 130 metres long, 50 metres wide. SEASON: July 16th to August 21st. LIFEGUARDS: On duty from 9am to 4pm. FACILITIES: 1 shower and 1 unisex toilet. PARKING: None. 20 minute walk from Shimoda Station.
Touji BeachNear a lot of pensions. Rarely crowded. 410 metres long, 50 metres wide. SEASON: July 18th to August 31st. LIFEGUARDS: On duty from 8.30am to 4pm. FACILITIES: 2 unisex toilets. No other facilities, but near a park and sand ski school (see below). PARKING: 120 spaces, charged.
Yumigahama BeachOfficial address is in the neighbouring town of Minami-Izu. 1.2 kilometre arched beach. Popular water park on the sea in the cove. SEASON: July 9th to August 31st. LIFEGUARDS: 1 lifeguard tower. FACILITIES: 4 toilets, no showers. Between 3 and 5 beach huts. Splash Water park with athletic play equipment on the sea for children over 6 years old, see more details in the Activities section below. PARKING: 300 spaces, charges apply.
Tatadohama BeachPlease see “BEACH YOGA” listed below in “Activities”
Dolphin BeachDolphin beach is part of Shimoda’s Sea Aquarium. Please see below for details.
ActivitiesBelow is a small sample of some of the many activities available in the Shimoda and greater Shimoda area this summer.
Beach YogaOn Tatadohama Beach; a 450 metre long and 70 metre wide beach, with various facilities including 6 showers, beach huts, toilets and rental of beach equipment. SEASON: 16th of July to the 18th of September, except for rainy days. TIME: 6.30 to 7.30 am URL: http://izu-concierge.jp/yoga-2/ TEL: 0558-36-4541 PARKING: 129 spaces, charges apply. COST: 1500 yen, includes rental of a yoga mat (Summer 2016 prices). See map for location.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle)Line Surf TIME: 8am to 6pm URL: http://rinesurf.jp/rine-surf-school/ TEL: 080-3655-0155 PARKING: 15 spaces COST: From 7000 yen (Summer 2016 prices) See map for location.
SurfingPlease see Turtle House in the accommodation section below.
Sea KayakKai’to Sea Kayak School SEASON: April to November TIME: 10am to 1pm URL: http://www.seakayaking.jp/ TEL: 050-3786-6779 PARKING: 3 spaces, you need to reserve COST: 6700 yen for adults, 3300 yen for primary school aged children (summer 2016 prices) See map for location.
Sand skiAt Touji Beach detailed in the beaches section. URL: http://www2.shimoda-city.info/shimoda/FMPro?-db=shimoda_kan1.fp5&-lay=web&-format=page_look2.html&NO=149&-find TEL: 0558-22-1531 PARKING: 10 spaces. Free out of season, charged during summer. COST: From 1000 yen (Summer 2016 prices). See map for location.
Sea AquariumSEASON: The aquarium is open most of the year, but during December it only opens at weekends and there are other changes to the opening hours for most of winter. DOLPHIN BEACH is only open from June to September. TIME: 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays, to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and to 5.30pm during summer holidays. URL: http://shimoda-aquarium.com/ TEL: 0558-22-3567 PARKING: 200 spaces, free. COST: 2000 yen for adults, 1000 yen for children over 4 years old. (Summer 2016 prices). An additional cost is applied for dolphin beach where you can swim/play with dolphins. Children younger than grade 4 elementary school age are required to have an adult accompany them. See map for location.
Water parkSplash Water Park, is a travelling water park of inflated slides, towers, climbing and more. It will be available at Yumigahama Beach again this year. The popular water park started opening seasonally in the area from 2014. It will July 16th this year. Children need to be over 110cms to play in the playground above the sea. You can see more information in English on their website: http://splashwaterpark.jp/home/
There are a selection of parks in Shimoda, some of which are near the seaside. Perhaps the most famous is Shimoda park in the Shirahama area, which is known to many for its 3 million beautiful hydrangeas that are currently in bloom. http://www.shimoda-city.info/eve11.html There are even more activities you can enjoy in Shimoda including, but not limited to, “Treeing”, Nordic Walking, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling as well as sightseeing spots and local culture and cuisine. You will find more information in English on the official website of Shimoda: http://www.shimoda-city.info/index_e.html