Aug 12, 2016

Four drown off west Hokkaido coast

Four men drowned in an accident off the coast of Ishikari in western Hokkaido, police and the Japan Coast Guard said Friday. The deceased are believed to be Hokkaido residents in their late teens or 20s, the police said. A barbecue stove and beer ...

Hitting Japan's best beaches

Aug 4, 2016

Hitting Japan's best beaches

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The summer is here. You’ve kept your New Year’s resolution and stuck with that diet or new exercise regimen … right? It doesn’t matter. These beaches are so beautiful, nobody will be looking at the people. Usu Beach in Date, Hokkaido Usu doesn’t get ...

Boso beachcombers find treasures in the sand

Dec 30, 2015

Boso beachcombers find treasures in the sand

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If one looks carefully, beaches are a mine of tiny treasures washed ashore. The shoreline along the city of Tateyama in Chiba Prefecture is one such spot for people who want to experience beachcombing. There beachcombers can find beautiful shells, or pieces of coral ...

Shark sighting in Ibaraki prompts swimming ban at beaches

Aug 6, 2015

Shark sighting in Ibaraki prompts swimming ban at beaches

Two sharks have been spotted off the coast of Hokota in Ibaraki Prefecture, prompting authorities in the city and in three municipalities nearby to prohibit swimming in the sea on Wednesday. According to the Ibaraki Prefectural Government, the city of Hokota received the reports ...

Saudi king's presence forces lockdown of French Riviera beach

Jul 27, 2015

Saudi king's presence forces lockdown of French Riviera beach

The Mirandole beach on the French Riviera, which is usually packed with holidaymakers and sunbathers, is eerily quiet as the stretch of sand has been locked down for the lavish visit of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman that has riled some locals. The king’s vast ...

Tokyo opens city's first swimming beach since 1960s

Jul 18, 2015

Tokyo opens city's first swimming beach since 1960s

A bathing beach was opened in Tokyo on Saturday for the first time since all beaches in the capital were closed for swimming in the 1960s due to pollution. The beach is part of Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward, at the top of ...

Zushi bans offensive beach activities

Feb 27, 2014

Zushi bans offensive beach activities

The municipal assembly of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, passed rare legislation Wednesday prohibiting loud music and huts staying open at night on a beach in the city. The ordinance reform by the assembly followed complaints from local residents in recent years over loud parties at ...

Zushi looks to tame its unruly summer beach

Jan 29, 2014

Zushi looks to tame its unruly summer beach

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Fed up with what it considers deteriorating moral standards among young beachgoers, the city of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, is scrambling to purge its popular beach of disorderly and intimidating visitors, typically out-of-control drunks and people with tattoos associated with yakuza. The city will submit ...

Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

Aug 8, 2013

Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

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The seawater by Tokyo’s Kasai Rinkai Park is only slightly cooler than body temperature, and its beach contains a mix of tiny gravel and seashell fragments instead of fine white sand. The beach is far from a perfect summer getaway. The skyline of the ...