Long stretches of coastline, fresh seafood and friendly locals in an ‘off the beaten track’ beach town
Off the beaten track beach town
JUST 30 MINS FROM KAKEGAWA BULLET TRAIN STATION, OMAEZAKI IS A RELAXED OCEANSIDE TOWN
FRESH SEAFOOD, SURF BEACHES, FRIENDLY LOCALS
Omaezaki Beach is off the radar for many visitors to Japan.
As they bullet pass on the Tokaido Line Bullet train most people don’t realize that just 30-minutes from Kakegawa Station is Omaezaki – a sleepy surf town built around its fish market that provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience a different side of Japan and enjoy local beach culture.
In many ways Omaezaki aspires to be like surf beach towns around the World such as Byron Bay in Australia or Raglan in New Zealand – but with a very Japanese vibe.
CATCH A WAVE OR RIDE THE WIND
Blessed with a long stretch of South West facing coastline Omaezaki is well known as a surf destination.
In the late Summer typhoons forming in the Pacific push swell toward Japan and provide local surfers with excellent waves.
In late Winter / early Spring Omaezaki is a Mecca for windsurfers and kiteboarders who enjoy the combination of strong onshore breeze and good swells to test some of the best wind/wave riders around.
In early March 2019, the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) held its first Japan Cup competition focusing on wave riding windsurfing.
The 2020 competition was unfortunately canceled but it is hoped that this becomes an annual event in Omaezaki attracting top international competitors from around the World.
JAPANESE HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST
One thing that stands out when doing research on Omaezaki is that there is not a lot of information in English in regards to accommodation in the area.
If you look on Booking.com or Google for accommodation there is only 1 listing in the main area close to the lighthouse and Marine Park.
You need to dig a little deeper, and may need a Japanese friend to help, to find some of the smaller accommodation providers in the area – but it is well worth the effort.
For many visitors to Japan staying at a Minshuku (local Japanese bed & breakfast style accommodation) is often a surprise highlight of their trip.
A Japanese Minshuku is a family-run accommodation that provides more personal experiences and offers visitors a chance to experience Japanese life and culture.
The moment you step into a Minshuku in Omaezaki you almost feel like you have come home – the owners generally go out of their way to make you feel comfortable.
The owner will often buy fresh fish from the local market for your meals and provide a seafood feast.
Even though it is located very close to Kakegawa Station it is a little bit challenging to get to if you do not have a car.
Also, once you are in Omaezaki not having a car limits the options available in the area – so renting a car at Kakegawa Station is highly recommended.
For cyclists, the ride from Kakegawa through the green tea fields of Makinohara is a great way to get to Omaezaki.
Having a bike is a great way to get around the Omaezaki coastal area and, after staying the the area a couple of days, the coastal road from Omaezaki down to Hamamatsu is also great for cycling.