Actually, no matter what coastal city you will choose as your vacation destination, there will be a number of beaches, excellent for both: swimming and sunbathing. Any of the Japanese beaches provides fine areas for your recreation and rest after daylong sightseeing tours or shopping races in Japan.
If you stay in Tokyo, it is possible to start a day trip to Kamakura that is a popular district for locals and tourists as well. Kamakura is located thirty miles from Tokyo and there are many convenient transportation options. Modern Kamakura is a seaside resort and residential district. It is famous for its old temples and shrines, including the second largest statue (forty two ft) in Japan, Great Buddha, situated at the Kotokuin temple. Five hundred yards south from the Great Buddha there is the Hase Kannon Temple that houses the statue of 11-headed Kannon (the Goddess of mercy). This is a thirty foot-high, gilded wooden statue and each head of Kannon has a different expression.
Kamakura is also home to several museums, the most famous of which are the Kamakura Museum of Modern Art (founded in 1951) and Kamakura Kokuho-kan (Municipal Museum)(built in 1928).
Kamakura attractions are scattered around the town and it is impossible to cover the entire town on foot. However, a network of buses starts right from the train station and one day will be enough to observe all Kamakura sights.
Taking rest on one of Kamakura beaches between your sightseeing tours will be great. Yuigahama is a representative beach in Kamakura and many people visit it in summer. You can enjoy the sea bathing here too. This is also a good spot to have a good sight of Kamakura firework and aquatic firework display, held in summer. Inamuragasaki is also a famous beach. The Inamuragasaki Park (Inamuragasaki Kôen) is settled here and is well known for its spectacular sunsets. The film "Inamura Jane", directed by Keisuke Kuwata, was set here.
Shichirigahama is also a well-known beach in Kamakura. You cannot swim here, though it is still a good beach to relax and have a good time. The beach is appropriate for surfing.
As for the other locations in Japan, we should mention famous and numerous beaches on the Okinawa Island and several small islands close to Okinawa. There are three most popular beaches on the west side of Okinawa Island. They are Moon beach, Manza beach and Okuma beach. The Manza beach is the most popular with its Manza beach Hotel and possibilities for diving. It is about a one and a half hour drive from Naha-city. The beaches of the Okinawa Island are open from April to October.
You will find more beaches on the islands close to Okinawa Island, embracing the Kumu Island that is actually a resort with its famous Eef beach, the Taketomi Island with its Star Sand Beach, and the Miyako Island, a popular site for divers.
It will not be difficult to find a beach in Japan, but you should hurry up if you want to take a rest on one of Japanese beaches. According to a scientists' research, many beaches in Japan are going to disappear by 2080 as a result of globing warming; hence, do not waste your time.