If you don’t have the time or money to make it all the way to Okinawa this summer, put your flip flops on and instead head to Shimoda instead for white sand beaches. This coastal town, located on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, makes a fantastic weekend getaway trip from Tokyo. Here are nine of Shimoda’s best beaches.
1. Shirahama Beach
This is the most northern beach of the Shirahama shore. Shirahamacho Beach, most often called Shirahama Beach, is a wildly popular attraction especially for families thanks to its clear waters which are perfect for snorkeling and collecting shellfish. The area is also safe for swimming because of the breakwaters. Moreover, unlike other beaches in Shimoda, you are allowed to do barbecues here.
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