Isshiki Beach in Hayama is my newfound love for the summer. It may not have the crystal clear waters or swaying palm trees we all envision and have saved to our computer desktop backgrounds. But what it does offer is a sense of calmness, serenity and security that other beaches in the area may not live up to. The perfect fit for young families or those longing for a “me” day, Isshiki Beach is known for swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, sun bathing and its popular beach house named, "Blue Moon." It is not only famous for being picked as No. 65 on CNN’s World’s Best 100 Beaches in 2014, it is also the beautiful beach that sits just in front of the Emperor’s Summer Palace – a one-of-a-kind setting!
To access Isshiki Beach Hayama, JR line to Zushi or Keikyu Line to Shin Zushi. Take any bus that terminates at Hayama and get off at the “Ishiki Kaigan” stop (written as:一色海岸). 3 minute walk. By car, take Yokohama-Yokosuka Toll Road, exit Zushi and onto the Zushi Hayama New Road. At the end of the road, turn right at the traffic light. Drive 300m further up the road and it’s on the left.
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Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Japan for 4-1/2 years and now I am currently based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. In December 2010, I arrived in Yokosuka with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also ended up going back to California for one month, raised a small monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured a few phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the United States could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. After all, I wanted them to know that all of the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as JapanTravel.com to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here on JapanTravel. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶