Japan is a beautiful country, renowned for the many gorgeous landscapes that the relatively small country manages to portray. Tall picturesque mountains, like Fuji, and lush green bamboo gardens, like in Arashiyama, typically come to mind. Here are the top beaches in the nation. Widely regarded as the most beautiful beach in Japan is Yonaha Maehama, located on Miyako Island in the tropical island paradise of Okinawa. Located miles from much of mainland Japan, Okinawa is a getaway for non-natives and Japanese alike, as the island atmosphere is more relaxed and the land less spoiled than the rest of the country.
For much of the month of September, after a disappointing summer, Tokyo basked in temperatures of 25C or more. In most countries there would be a rush for the beach, but not here. Overnight on 1 September, beach-going Japanese become as rare as buttered sushi. Visit the sun-blessed sands near Tokyo any day in August and you'll witness millions ambling out from their air-conditioned roosts into the soupy afternoon heat and heading for the waves. This year the end of August was unseasonably cold, so you might have expected the return of heat and sun for the rump of September to be greeted with whoops and splashes. But no, the shore remains painfully jilted even at weekends. Only dogs, their owners, and a few gaijin foreigners take to the forsaken coastline now the party has ended.
Why Japan's beaches are deserted - despite the sunshine
From Kagoshima to Aomori, Japan's beaches are completely underrated. These beaches are surprisingly unknown even among expert tourists. Take a journey with us to uncharted waters at these 10 destination beaches.
The length of the country results in an extensive coastline with lots of beaches. It also means that the climate and swimming season differ quite a bit from south to north. The best beaches for sunbathing and swimming are found in Okinawa to the south, but nice beaches exist in other regions, too.