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!
Located just a twenty minute ferry, or thirty minute bus ride, from Nagasaki city is the beautiful 'Costa del Sol' beach or 'coast of sun' in Spanish. The beach is named after the brilliant rays of sunshine and crystal clear ocean that makes the area a haven for swimmers.
During the summer months, hundreds of beach-goers flock to Ioujima to make the most of the gentle waves and soft golden sand. Children's paddle pools and play equipment means that the 'Costa del Sol' beach is perfect for families, and shark nets ensure. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Yasuragi Ioujima Seaside BBQ Garden
Enjoy the ocean view and sea breeze with a barbeque at Yasuragi Onsen Hotel. During spring and summer, the hotel offers outdoor dining on their seaside patio. You can take in the panorama of the shimmering water, clear sky, and distant Mt. Inasa as you grill and enjoy a generous supply of meats, veggies, and yakisoba noodles right at your table. Still hungry? There's also unlimited. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Nestled along the rocky tip of Nagasaki peninsula, Takahama beach is the ideal location for a daytrip to the seaside. The 800m beach is protected by a sturdy breakwater at one end and the bushy outcrop of Mt. Benten at the other. Known for its superb water quality, Takahama beach is named amongst Japan's top 88 beaches and coastlines.
Calm waves and shark nets ensure a safe swim for everyone, while the shady platforms of 'Takashima Island' beach house provides some respite from the summer sun. From the stands, enjoy the dramatic backdrop of Gunkanjima, or 'Battleship Island'. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
The sleek and modern Nomon's Cafe is a popular spot located on Takahama beach and is easily accessible by either car or bus. Enjoy a delicious meal or a much needed cup of coffee on the patio. With Summer BBQs on their private beach and live band appearances, Nomon's is a whirlwind of exciting events.
A small unsuspecting hut nestled between the road and the sea, Bremani is a warm and welcoming pizzeria owned by Shun and his wife Chihiro. Their pizzas, which are cooked in a brick oven and coated in an original homemade tomato sauce, will leave you satisfied and craving more! The menus are illustrated by Chihiro herself, so ordering is a breeze even if you can't speak Japanese.
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Located at the southernmost tip of the Nagasaki peninsula, Wakimisaki beach stretches 2km along the Amakusa-Nada sea. A local windsurfing hotspot, the white sand and calm seas create the perfect conditions to enjoy an array of water sports.
At low tide, you can see beach rock, eroded by hundreds of years of pounding waves. This kind of rock, in the amounts seen in Wakimisaki, is extremely rare in Kyushu. The area has therefore been deemed a protected national monument by Nagasaki Prefecture. . .
Community Cafe Ripple
Saved from ruin, this once rundown seaside shack has been transformed into a cozy cafe. Sit back and enjoy a healthy tea and mouthwateringly delicious meal as you listen to the waves crash upon the shore. You may even be able to spot some sea turtles nesting in the summer months. Community Cafe Ripple is a Nomozaki institution, connecting locals and tourists through delicious food, unforgettable performances and informative workshops.
Another great stopover when in the Nomozaki area is Onsen Alega and its conjoining restaurant. Warm, bicarbonate rich waters will leave your skin healthy and glowing. With calming views of the sea and surrounding vegetation, you can soak in a beautiful natural environment. Once you're relaxed, why not call into the restaurant and take advantage of their seafood onsen meal set?
Famous for a coal mine established in 1869, Takashima Island is now a popular hangout for tourists and locals due to its sunny beach and lively campsite. Located on the outskirts of Nagasaki city, it can only be accessed by boat.
Surrounding greenery and tall palm trees create a fitting background for a tropical island weekend escape. A man-made break water creates a wide lagoon that allows beachgoers to snorkel among schools of colourful fish as they dart between coral colonies. For those who want to further explore the abundant. . .CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Yattarou de Takashima Snorkelling tours
The friendly and experienced team at Yattarou de Takashima Snorkeling offer amazing snorkelling tours and equipment rental along with a personal guide who will guarantee that you get the absolute most out of your time exploring the depths.
The clear waters of Takashima make it easy to see all kinds of aquatic animals in their natural habitat. Highlights to look out for include; sharks, squid, tropical fish, all kinds of coral, and if you are lucky maybe you can even find Nemo!
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