With its white sands and green pine trees, Ishihama Beach is considered one of Japan’s one hundred most beautiful beaches. The landscape along the beach varies from pure white sands to steep cliffs.
Free showers, toilets and lockers are available and there are several hot springs located close to the beach.
- Ishi, Juocho, Hitachi City
- By car: around 10 minutes by car from Hitachi-Kita IC on the Joban Expressway.
By train: around 5 minutes by taxi from Juo station on the JR Joban Line.
- Business Hours
- Official Bathing Season: Mid-July until the end of August (specific dates announced each year)
- 370 spaces, ¥1000 per day.
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Hitachi Cherry Blossom Festival & UNESCO Cultural Heritage
Around 14,000 cherry trees fill the city of Hitachi with pink blossoms from early to mid-April. During the cherry blossom festival, the cherry trees on Heiwa Street and Juo Panorama Park are illuminated as night falls. In fact, the festival is ranked among Japan’s 100 most beautiful cherry blossom areas!
On the first weekend in April, a spectacular parade takes place on Heiwa Street. During the festivities, 15-meter high and 8-meter wide festival floats are pulled down the road. Traditional puppet shows also take place on the floats. These puppet shows are said to have been performed since the mid-Edo Period and are recognized on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
This scenic gorge area stretches from the Hananuki Dam to the Kotakizawa Camp Site. The gorge's most famous attraction is the stunning Shiomi Falls Suspension Bridge. There are also plenty of hiking trails for exploring the area.
The best time to visit is autumn when foliage covers the area in a blanket of fiery reds and yellows. Summer is another excellent time to bask in the natural surroundings. Bring your swimwear and plunge into natural pools and streams, then relax with a barbecue or picnic at the camp area.
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