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Beaches & Rivers

The Kansai region is home to a number of beaches. There are ocean beaches, lake beaches and even rivers you can splash around and refresh in. A great way to escape the heat of summer. Most agree that huge Suma Beach in Kobe is the busiest, with volleyball nets, restaurants, bars and clubs. But Shirahama in Wakayama is definitely the most beautiful, with white sand imported all the way from Australia.

Totsugawa River

 Bordering Wakayama and Mie prefectures on the southern tip of Nara, this place is simply idyllic. With lush, majestic mountains rising up …

Tenokawa River at Tenkawamura

 The quaint village of Tenkawamura in Nara’s Yoshino region is well known for its water; being home to the famous Dorrogawa “rumbling …

Oto River Beach at Kawayu Onsen

  For fun seekers in the mood for a more traditional Japanese experience, nothing beats this geothermal wonder where hot water rises …

Kamogawa River Beach

 Kyoto’s most famous river, which flows right through the middle of the city, probably wouldn’t come to mind as an ideal swimming …

Kibune River Beach

 Lying up in the hills of north Kyoto, this river is a far cry from the touristpacked streets of the city. The …

Takano River Beach at Yase

 Another city spot, Yase in Kyoto’s northeastern quarter is both easily accessible and great for families in the mood for fun. Walking …

Takihata River Beach

 It may sound like a big deal, but putting in just a little effort in busing to Takihata Dam is guaranteed to …

Ikuta River Beach

   Kobe’s best kept secret is a heavenly oasis that happens to be bang in the middle of the city just behind …

Omimaiko Beach (Lake Biwa)

  It’s a lake beach, with clean, clear blue water. You can swim without fearing jellyfish season. Omimaiko is quiet, and if …

Shirahama Beach

  THE BEST BEACH IN KANSAI! This famous beach/hot spring resort area, located on the southern part of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama …

Isonoura Beach

  Located in Wakayama City, this is a large, rather crowded beach with a fun atmosphere and lots of chances to people-watch.   …

Hamanomiya Beach

      Access: Bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station / JR Wakayama Station, get off at Hama no Miya Kaisuiyokujo-mae bus stop. …

Namihaya Beach

     Access: Bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station / JR Wakayama Station, 15 minutes by foot from Tanouraguchi bus stop. Wicked Tourism …

Kada Beach

  Kada lies at the most northwestern point of Wakayama prefecture, and is the closest part of Wakayama City to the Osaka …

Kataonami Beach

  Selected by the tourism ministry as one of the best water areas in Kansai. Kataonami is a natural jetty, which protects …

Tokimeki Beach

  Tokimeki Beach (Tannowa Bathing Beach), almost on the southern-most tip of Osaka Prefecture, is an expansive beach with white sand and …

Nishikinohama Beach

  Visitors can enjoy digging clams at the beach from early April to early June and swimming from July 1 to August 31. …

Suma Beach

  The biggest, most popular beach in the Kansai region. Tons of parties, with restaurants and bars located right on the beach. At …