Japan's Beach Culture

If the intense heat of summer in Japan starts to get you down, there's nothing like a trip to one of Japan's many beautiful beaches to lift your spirits and cool you off! Japan has the world's most beautiful beaches.

Japan is home to countless beaches, as an island country surrounded by water. Japan's beaches are gorgeous and diverse from the northern seas of Hokkaido to the lakes and rivers of the Kansai region, down to the tropical paradise of Okinawa. In Japan, Most beaches don't have very strict rules, but there are a few customs to be aware of. Beach season is taken very seriously in Japan. Umi no hi, or "Sea Day," is one of the nation's national holidays, every third Monday of July that marks umibiraki, the official start of the season. 

On this day, most public institutions are closed, so much of the population flocks to the nearest seashore to swim, sunbathe, and party. Every beach in Japan is packed on an almost daily basis from this date until late August. Japanese people, basically are very law-abiding. To achieve its remarkable social cohesion and that this is largely responsible for making Japan such a pleasant place to live t's often been said that Japan operates via strict social norms. There are no bins on the beaches, nor the streets. Japanese people, by and large, their rubbish home with them. The Japanese feel strongly the judgmental gaze of their fellow citizens meanwhile.

Most beaches have black sand that gets hot in summer so if you don't have beach shoes, it can feel like you are walking on hot coals. Some beaches are there with lighter sand and always full of people. To remove sand Tatami mat on the floor which works well. On the beach, popular activities are pretty much the same as in every country, except for hardcore sun-tanning like in Europe. It is still considered bad to ruin your skin in the sun, while some people tan. Other games are Suikawari (watermelon Splitting), you are blindfolded and given a bamboo stick to whack a watermelon until it splits, everyone enjoys eating the watermelon afterward. Most beaches have spaces where visitors can buy food, use changing rooms or showers, and possibly rent or purchase swim gear, during the season. Go during the off-season, if you want to beat the crowds.