With a coastline on both the Sea of Japan and the Seto Inland Sea, Hyogo Prefecture is home to many beautiful beaches and seaside spots. Many do not immediately think of stopping by the beach while traveling in Japan, but with gorgeous views, fun activities, and minimal crowds, it may be something to reconsider on your next trip.
Just one stop on the JR train from Kinosaki Onsen, Takeno Beach is known for its blue waters and peaceful village area. Among one of 100 best beaches in Japan, this beautiful hidden gem along the Sea of Japan is the perfect place for a summer getaway. In addition to swimming, visitors to this beach can also go hiking, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding. While kayaking or paddleboarding, participants can get up close to caves and other geological wonders.
A generally quiet area during the colder months, Suma Beach in Kobe comes alive with temporary rest houses, live bands, and a blocked-off swimming area. In the on-beach rest houses, guests have a place to relax, eat, drink, change clothes, and use the showers & bathroom. Just a 15-minute JR train ride from Sannomiya Station, Suma Beach has very calm waters, allowing visitors to enjoy the sea in inner tubes. This combined with having an aquarium and several nature parks nearby, Suma Beach is the perfect place for families.
Hyogo Prefecture is easily reachable from Osaka and Kyoto by JR train. The Hyogo Tourism Bureau provides more detailed information about traveling to and within the prefecture.
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