Omaezaki

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.

 

Kakegawa Station

Kakegawa Station is the 5th Bullet Train Station in Shizuoka along the Tokaido Line.

The city is famous as a castle town with a significant Samurai history and the surrounding area is one of the biggest producers of green tea in the World.

EXPERIENCE

If you enjoy green tea and want to understand more about the history, culture, and complexities of this drink and why it is so important to the Japanese people.

Explore Samurai Castles, Ancient Zen Temples, and beautiful Japanese gardens that give you a glimpse of life 300 years ago.

EXPLORE

From Kakegawa Station there are a number of Off The Beaten Track destinations to explore.

Ride a Steam Locomotive up into the deep valleys of the Japanese Southern Alps or rent a car bring your bike and spend a couple of days exploring endless green tea plantations and long stretches of coastline and beach culture.

FAMILY

An easy walk from Kakegawa Station there are a number of great attractions suitable for all ages.

Pick up a Kakegawa Day Passport and spend a day visiting Kakegawa Castle and the surrounding grounds and thrill the kids with a trip to the Bird Park to meet some colorful characters.

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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.

HOW TO GET THERE & AROUND

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.

MORE INFORMATION

For general tourist information – check Omaezaki Homepage

For a list of accommodations – check Omaezaki Homepage

Check the Explore Shizuoka Omaezaki Beach Culture Model Course

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