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Miyagi Beach Guide 2019

Swim & surf Miyagi this summer

· Activities,Nature,Leisure,Beaches

When Japan's hot, humid summer weather finally hits Tohoku, nothing beats a day spent cooling off at the beach! Below is a list of all the official swimming beaches currently open in Miyagi, plus two a short ways south of the border into Fukushima. These beaches all free and open to the public. The guide is ordered north-to-south, starting with the sublime island-bound Kodanohama Beach in the northern reaches of the prefecture.

Kodanohama Beach (小田の浜海水浴場)

Kesennuma, Miyagi

A gorgeous swimming beach located on Oshima Island, just off the coast of Kesennuma. Named the second-best beach in all of Japan by the Ministry of the Environment! As one would expect of the second-best swimming beach in the nation, it boasts pristine white sand and calm waters. SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) is also available, through the Oshima Paddle Club (reservations required).

Official season: July 20–August 18

Official hours: 9:00–16:00

Amenities: Toilets, showers, changing rooms, and beach huts

Details: (English) VisitMiyagi.com, (Japanese): miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Map here

Access: About 40 minutes by bus from Kesennuma Station. Board Oshima Line (大島線) bus bound for Shin-ouhei (新王平). Bus map and timetables here.

Koizumi Beach (小泉海水浴場)

Kesennuma, Miyagi

Koizumi Beach was named one of Japan's Top 100 Swimming Beaches by the Ministry of the Environment! Pre-2011 Great East Japan Earthquake it was also good for surfing, but that may have changed since the concrete sea walls were erected.

Official season: July 20–August 18

Official hours: 9:00–16:00

Amenities: Lifeguard, showers , changing rooms, beach vendors, and toilets

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Map here

Access: 20-minute walk from Rikuzen-Koizumi Station

Sun Ole Sodehama Beach (サンオーレそではま海水浴場)

Minamisanriku, Miyagi

A swimming beach reopened in 2018 for the first time since the 2011 tsunami. It boasts a 300-meter man-made sandy beach. The uninhabited island Areshima is connected to Sun Ole Sodehama by footpath. If you start feeling weary of all the sun and sand on the beach, refresh yourself with a stroll on this densely forested island. In addition to the everyday natural pleasures of the beach, Sun Ole Sodehama will be hosting a variety of festive events throughout its official season: kite battles, hula dancing, and more!

Official season: July 13–August 25

Official hours: 9:30–16:00

Amenities: Toilets, free showers, food stalls (peak days only), and a BBQ area (reservations required)

Details: m-kankou.jp

Location: Map here

Access: 20-minute walk from Shizugawa Station

Watanoha Beach (石巻市営渡波海水浴場)

Ishinomaki, Miyagi

This swimming beach re-opened in 2018 for the first time since the 2011 tsunami. It is conveniently located near central Ishinomaki, within walking distance of an artisanal bakery, fish market, and convenience store.

Official season: July 20–August 18

Official hours: 10:00–16:00

Amenities: Showers, changing rooms, toilets

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Map here

Access: 30-minute walk from Watanoha Station

Shirahama Beach (白浜海水浴場)

Ishinomaki, Miyagi

One of two "Shirahama" beaches in Ishinomaki city, this one lies on the mainland. Due to its out-of-the-way location in the far north of Ishinomaki, this beach draws much smaller crowds than others and is said to have a "hidden beach" vibe.

Official season: July 20–August 18

Official hours: 9:00–15:00

Amenities: Toilets, changing rooms, showers, and a foot-washing station

Details: miyagi-kankou-or.jp

Location: Map here

Ajishirahama Beach (網地白浜海水浴場)

Ishinomaki, Miyagi

A scenic swimming beach on Ajishima, a small island off the coast of Ishinomaki. The the island is also part of the Reborn Art Festival this summer, hosting a number of site-specific artworks in conjunction with the festival.

Official season: July 20–August 25

Official hours: 9:00–15:30

Amenities: Showers, changing rooms

Details: miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Map here

Access: About 1 hour by boat from the Ajishima Line Chuo Terminal (網地島ライン中央発着所). The Chuo Terminal is a 15-minute walk from Ishinomaki Station. Board boat bound for Ajishima (網地島), alight at Aji Port (網地港). Details and timetable here.

Tsukihama Beach (月浜海水浴場)

Higashimatsushima, Miyagi

This scenic beach on the southern tip of Miyato Island in Higashimatsushima is well-loved as a swimming beach for its calm waves. It lies in a protected cove, so it's well suited to young children and novice swimmers.

Official season: July 13–August 20
Official hours: 9:00–15:30
Amenities: Showers (fee), toilets. The nearby Oku-Matsushima Taiken Network offers English-friendly sea kayak rental and other seafaring experiences (reservations required).

Details: (English) VisitMiyagi.com, (Japanese): miyagi-kankou.or.jp

Location: Map here
Access: About 8 kilometers from Nobiru Station. Taxis and rental bicycles are available. For cycle rental info, see here.

Katsurashima Beach (浦戸桂島海水浴場)

Shiogama, Miyagi

Live the dream! Swim at a beach located on one of Matsushima Bay's iconic islands.

Official season: July 8–August 25

Official hours: 9:00–16:00
Amenities (open July 20–August 25): Lifeguard, food stalls, showers, toilets

Details: (English) VisitMiyagi.com, (Japanese): miyagi-kankou.or.jp 

Location: Map here

Access: About 30 minutes by ferry from Marine Gate Shiogama (マリンゲート塩釜), followed by a 10-minute walk. Board Shiogama municipal ferry (市営汽船) bound for Hojima (朴島). Alight at Katsurashima (桂島). Timetable here (Japanese) or here (English).

My Beach Onigahama (マイビーチ鬼ヶ浜)

Shiogama, Miyagi

A beautiful island swimming beach just east of Katsurashima Beach, with a much more natural, secluded feel.

Official season: July14–August 25

Official hours: 9:00–16:00

Amenities during official season: Lifeguard, showers, changing rooms, beach hut food stalls

Details and updates: See beach's Facebook Page

Location: Map here

Access: About 30 minutes by ferry from Marine Gate Shiogama (マリンゲート塩釜), followed by a 10-minute walk. Board Shiogama municipal ferry (市営汽船) bound for Hojima (朴島). Alight at Katsurashima (桂島). Timetable here (Japanese) or here (English).

Shobutahama Beach (菖蒲田浜海水浴場)

Shichigahama, Miyagi

First opened in 1888, it is the third-oldest swimming beach in Japan and is said to have been Tohoku's most popular swimming beach, pre-2011 tsunami. It's popular with surfers as well as swimmers. It reopened in 2017 and has been hosting a number of festivals ever since, such as surf competitions and the Seven Beach Festival.

Official season: July 14–August 19

Official hours: 9:00–16:00

Amenities during official season: Lifeguard, showers and changing rooms, toilets

Details: shichigahama.com

Location: Map here

Access: About 30 minutes by bus from Tagajo or Hon-Shiogama Stations. From Tagajo Station (多賀城駅) or Hon-Shiogama Station (本塩釜駅), board Gururinko (ぐるりんこ) bus bound for Shichigahama Kokusai Mura (七ヶ浜国際村). Alight at Shobutahama Kaisuiyokujo-mae (菖蒲田浜海水浴場前) bus stop. Tagajo Station bus timetable here. Hon-Shiogama Station bus timetable here.

Fukanuma Beach (深沼海水浴場)

Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai

Fukanuma Beach will reopen for the first time since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake this year, but on a VERY limited basis. The beach will be open for 4 days only, and those wishing to visit must apply in advance. To celebrate this special limited reopening, there will also be a floating bounce house/play area set up in the water, banana boats, surf lessons, and more!

Official season: July 27–30

Official hours: 10:00–16:00

Reservations: Required, see Fukunuma Beach Festa site for details.

Fees: Use of the bounce house, banana boats, buggies cost 500 yen each. Swimming and all other activities are free.

Location: Map here

Haragama・Obama Beach (原釜・尾浜海水浴場)

Soma, Fukushima

Closed for some years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, but reopened in 2018 to the great joy of Soma residents. Before the disaster, it had been named one of the Top 88 Swimming Beaches in Japan by the Ministry of the Environment. On July 20, the Soma Beach Festival will be held here to celebrate the start of beach season.

Official season: July 20–August 18

Official hours: 9:00–16:00

Amenities: Toilets, showers, beach toy and parasol rental

Details: city.soma.fukushima.jp

Location: Map here

Access: 13 minutes by bus from Soma Eigyo-sho (相馬営業所) bus stop (right near Soma Station). Board Matsukawa Ura・Haragama (松川浦・原釜) loop bus bound for Soma Port (相馬港), alight at Obama (尾浜). See Navitime for timetables.

Kitaizumi Beach (北泉海水浴場)

Minamisoma, Fukushima

A popular beach for surfing as well as swimming. Before the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the beach used to regularly host international surf competitions. It will resume that tradition to some degree this summer, with the Minamisoma Beach Fes on July 20. The festival boasts a variety of activities, including a professional surf competition, surfing and SUP workshops, an ice-manju speed-eating contest and fireworks.

The beach is located next to Kitaizumi Seaside Sogo Park, which features a playground, campground, and more! The park has been rebuilt following the disaster, so everything might not be open quite yet—keep an eye on the Minamisoma Tourist Guide for updates!

Official season: July 20–August 18

Official hours: 9:00–16:00

Details: city.minamisoma.lg.jp

Location: Map here

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