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Takahama Beach prides itself with its white sand and water with high transparency. It is also selected as one of the “top 100 swimming beaches,” “Japan’s top 100 beaches/coasts” and “Japan’s top 88 swimming spots.” The contrast of the emerald green ocean and the white sandy beach is nothing short of spectacular. This spot is also known for the fact that you can see Gunkanjima island right in front. A facility with restaurants and a terrace opened in July 2014 called “Takahama Island” and made the spot enjoyable even outside of the swimming season.
- 3963-3 Takahamamachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki
- Contact No.
- From JR Nagasaki Station, take Nagasaki Bus towards Kabashima for 50 min and get off at bus stop Takahama Kaisuiyokujo-mae.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 10:00-18:00 (swimming allowed hours)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2-3 hrs
- Admission fee
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Most Beautiful White Sandy Beach in Japan
Takahama Beach is known to have the most beautiful natural white sandy beach in Japan. This white sandy beach is about 800 meters long. The cobalt blue water constantly upholds its quality, which is proven through the yearly inspection. It gets very lively with visitors during summer, as a beach that represents the Goto Islands.
See Gunkanjima Across the Beach
One of Takahama Beach’s highlights is that you can see Gunkanjima on the other side of the white sandy beach, an island that once prospered with mining but has since been abandoned to this day. It is easy to lose track of time when standing on the beach gazing at this mysterious sight.
Relax at “Takahama Island”
“Takahama Island” opened in 2014 and a restaurant and terrace overlooking Gunkanjima was built. Especially the restaurant is a great spot to see both Takahama Beach and Gunkanjima close up from the side. Looking at the sunset while having a relaxing dinner is also a great idea.
Gunkanjima is located by the coast of Nagasaki. It is a former mining island that became the symbol of Japan’s recovery after the war. In 2015, it was registered as a World Heritage Site and today many people visit this place for Gunkanjima tours.
View from Gyoran Observatory
Near the beach, there is an observatory overlooking the beach. It is a liberating spot, from the top of which you can see not only the beautiful ocean and the sky but also islands in the far and views of ferries going back and forth. Must-go place on a sunny day.