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!
Swim on a deserted island at Tatsunoshima, the most northern islet of the Iki Islands. Enjoy a dip in the crystal-clear waters and watch as cobalt blue fish dart around the wharf.
The long arched foreshore resembles an archer's bow, with a wide shallow sand bar that provides the ideal spot for beginner to intermediate swimmers. If you tire of swimming, take a break to stroll around the island and see dramatic cliff faces and the narrow gorge nicknamed 'Snake Valley' up close.
Tatsunoshima Swimming Beach is only a 5-minute ferry ride from Katsumoto Port, a shuttle running every 30-minutes during summer. Flat bottomed boats ensure a smooth ride to and from the island. Pair your day at the beach with a pleasure boat cruise to learn about the island and its surroundings. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Selected among the top 100 most beautiful beaches in Japan, the tranquil waters of Miuda Beach will remind you of the beaches of Okinawa or Hawaii. Located in the far north of the island of Tsushima, the beach is easily accessible by car from the Hitakatsu International and domestic ferry terminal. In the summer months, Miuda is popular with tourists and locals alike.
A spectacular natural beach, the area is surrounded by sweeping mountains and has incredibly clear blue waters and white sands. The chance to experience such unspoiled natural beauty is well worth the trip for any visitor to Tsushima. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Tsushima Eco Tours Sea Kayaking
With tranquil waters and beautiful scenery, Tsushima's Aso Bay is the perfect location for sea kayaking. Just a short drive from Tsushima Airport, Tsushima Eco Tours offers half and full day guided sea kayak tours in Japanese.
The sheltered waters of Aso Bay are excellent for beginners, and the tours offer breathtaking views of mountains and beaches. Depending the chosen tour, various stops along the way are possible. One of these is the ancient Okido Shrine, which can only be accessed by sea.
The full day tour includes lunch, as well as swimming and snorkeling off an uninhabited. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Mysterious red sand covers the Akahama, a secluded stretch of coastline on southeast Ojika Island. A once highly-active volcanic island, lapilli and lava periodically spewed into the Sea of Japan, resulting in some of the most fertile soil in the area.
The red sand is caused by hundreds of years of oxidization, along with prolonged weathering from the elements.
Today, calm waves lap the shore, creating a surreal Mars-like beach landscape. Come to swim or just see the sight for yourself. Bicycle hire is available at nearby Ojika Port Terminal. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Takahama beach boasts some of the whitest sand and clearest water in all of Japan. It is one of the best known beaches of the Goto Islands, attracting holidaymakers from all over the country.
The west-facing beach overlooks the Sagano Islands and has a wide sandbar that provides a calm shallow swimming area. Silver sand sparkles through clear water, the surrounding greenery completing the perfect coastal escape.
Named among Japan's top 100 new tourist attractions, top 100 natural beaches and top 88 swimming beaches, Takahama beach is popular with. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Goto Diving Experiences
The stunning white sand and multicoloured coral of the Goto Islands is the perfect place to explore some of the best underwater environments Nagasaki has to offer. Thanks to currents that flow toward Tsushima island in the north, an array of sea animals come and go freely.
Local diving companies cater for beginner to intermediate divers, but, if you're not keen on taking the plunge, snorkelling and fish-feeding experiences are also available. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
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