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What to do on a Hot Tokyo Day? Go to the Beach!

June 25, 2012

Yes, that’s NOT a typo; there really is a beach in Tokyo!

 

OK so it isn’t quite a Waikiki or Bondi, but Tokyo Beach is a great place to go when you want to dip your toes in some cool water and get away from the busy town for a while.

Tokyo Beach

Tokyo Beach at Odaiba Tokyo

Tokyo beach 東京海浜公園 (Tokyo kaihin Kouen) is an artificial beach, that’s hardly surprising because it is located on the artificial island of Odaiba お台場 in Tokyo Bay. The entire beach is about 3000 feet in length and the sandy part is perhaps half that. The rest of the beach is rocky but there is a walkway that follows along the entire length including a recently refurbished boardwalk.

In addition to the beach itself there are a whole range of activities available within a short walk. I’ll keep most of them for future posts, but you will probably want a drink or maybe something to eat. The cheapest options will be convenience stores, but there are also a number of reasonably priced restaurants, cafers and bars in the nearby “Decks Tokyo Beach” and “Aqua City”.  Personally I like the Sizzlers as it has a great outside seating area giving amazing views of the beach and over to the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo itself, but there are lots of other options and most of them offer good views as well.

Illuminated Party Boats at Tokyo Beach

It is also well worth visiting at night, or staying late to see the party boats on the water. People hire these for the evening and eat and drink while enjoying the view. They also add to the view due to the beautiful colored lights on their sides.

The simplest way to get there is to ride the Yurikamome (swaying seagull) from Shimbashi station. The Yurikamome will take     you  along the coast and over Rainbow Bridge giving you a fantastic view of the Bay and on a fine day you can see clear out to Haneda airport. You’ll also get a view of Tower and Tokyo Skytree.

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