Need some ideas on how to cool off this summer? Whether you enjoy catching some rays, taking a plunge, or learning a new skill, beat the heat with a day-trip to one of Nagasaki Prefecture's best natural places to chill. Find out where in our guide below!
This slice of paradise features emerald green mountains, white sand and crystal clear water as far as the eye can see. A mere 40-minute drive from Hirado city center, Neshiko beach has been named among the top 88 enjoyable swimming spots in Japan
Stretching 1 kilometer along the Sea of Japan, a wide bay and man-made breakwall ensure calm waters perfect for seaside fun. Beachgoers can enjoy snorkeling, swimming and beach sports or just sit back and work on their tan.
Pack a picnic and some cold drinks! The beach's isolated location ensures a beautiful seaside escape, but unfortunately there are no shops nearby. Bring your own barbeque to sizzle some steaks whilst watching the dramatic sunset.
Nearby, the Hirado Kirishitan Museum (切支丹資料館) displays documents and artifacts from the hidden Christian period in Japan.CLICK HERE FOR MORE
A stone's throw from Isahaya city center, Yuinohama Marine Park faces Tachibana Bay in Nagasaki's east. The man-made beach boasts clear, calm waters protected by a break wall and two deserted islands sitting just off shore.
The rounder island, nicknamed Kamejima or 'Turtle Island' pays tribute to the endangered Loggerhead turtles that come to lay their eggs on Yuinohama's silky smooth sand. In 2013 seventy hatchlings were welcomed to the island, the highest number in the immediate area.
Highly popular with the locals, the park boasts a handful of barbeque and picnicking areas. Barbeque rental, meat platters and light meals are available during summer months from the stalls near the beach house.
Just off shore, shark nets and a floating pontoon ensure a safe and enjoyable swim for all. Open sea view camping sites are available at reasonable prices for those who want to extend their stay. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Located at the south eastern tip of Minami Shimabara peninsula, Maehama beach is the perfect spot for some seaside fun. The surrounding greenery, calm waters and golden sand attract locals and tourists alike. The smooth, wide sandy beach makes for a great spot for gathering shellfish or enjoying a dip in the south-facing ocean.
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in marine sports at Marine.a.la.CAVU.festa, located on the beachfront. Give Polynesian stand-up paddleboarding a go or try motorised paragliding, drag-net fishing or snorkelling. Booking three days in advance is recommended to secure your place. . .
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