※This article was published at August 2014.※

Hiratsuka is a coastal town located in Kanagawa prefecture along the Pacific Ocean.

The town is famous for its huge Tanabata festival in July, but otherwise, it’s a calm regional town at just one hour by train from central Tokyo.

If you walk 15 minutes from the station, you’ll arrive at the ocean.

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Here is the scenery in autumn.

You can see Izu Oshima Island in the back.

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Although you are not permitted to swim due to security reasons, you can still enjoy surfing, fishing or beach activities.

There are a lot of people and families coming here to enjoy beach volleyball, have a walk or just enjoy the ocean.

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Even if you can’t swim, you can spend the day relaxing, have a meal or some drinks at the beach house.

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Well, sometimes doing nothing and just drink an ice-coffee watching the ocean is the best way to spend your holiday.

Mountains in the back. The day I went was a bit cloudy, but you would be able to see Mt.Fuji on sunny days.

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More about Hiratsuka in English:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiratsuka,_Kanagawa

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