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Activity packed family beach day destination SHIMODA | SHIZUOKA

I am currently researching places to bring the kids for a short holiday during the summer. During my research I keep coming across places of interest in Shimoda in Minami-Izu. There is a great selection of outdoor seasonal activities in the area, some of which are outlined below. Shimoda is a coastal area in the popular area of Izu, specifically south Izu. Apart from all the seaside activities, some of which are listed below, the area has a lot to offer on shore as well.  It takes about 3 hours from Tokyo, which is a bit further than most would travel for a daytrip, but it can be done. There are day tour and bus trips you can take from Tokyo and Saitama. We have travelled to the area ourselves before and I would personally recommend it as a short trip or overnight stay.

Currently, June 2016, hydrangeas are in bloom and there is a hydrangea festival in Shimoda Park until June 30th. More information on Shimoda Park in the Activity section below.

Each place is pin-pointed on a Google My Map, if you click on an icon it will show you more information, including a URL to the official website.

 

Beaches

Most 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 Beach

From the official website

800 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 Beach

From the official website

Very 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 Beach

From the official website

Another 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 Beach

Near 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 Beach

Official 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 Beach

Please see “BEACH YOGA” listed below in “Activities”

 

Dolphin Beach

Dolphin beach is part of Shimoda’s Sea Aquarium. Please see below for details.

 

Activities

Below is a small sample of some of the many activities available in the Shimoda and greater Shimoda area this summer.

Beach Yoga

On 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.

 

Surfing

Please see Turtle House in the accommodation section below.

Sea Kayak

Kai’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 ski

From official website

At 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 Aquarium

SEASON: 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 park

Splash 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/

Parks

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

 

Accommodation

There is a huge selection of accommodation in the Shimoda and neighbouring areas. An Internet search in English will bring up plenty of information, but if you do read Japanese you will find even more information in the Japanese language. I will just mention one that caught my eye as they offer a surfing lesson package.

TURTLE HOUSE, a “pension” (B&B) right on the sea in the Shirahama area of Shimoda city, have a stay package for one night, two days, two meals and a 2 hour surfing session.

URL: http://turtle-house.net/

Access

By car: 75 kilometres from the Tomei Expressway Numazu Interchange using R83, R246, R1, R136, R414.

By train: Between 48 minutes and 1 hour and 3 minutes from Ito Station to Izu-kyuukou Shimoda Station on the Izu-Kyuukou line.

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