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Takeno Coast has one of Japan’s top 100 beaches, Takeno Beach

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Beautiful beaches dot northern shores along the Sea of Japan. Takeno coast has one of those beaches and it was given highest ranks by Japan’s Ministry of Environment for the clarity of the water and the beach itself is ranked in the top 100 beaches of Japan. The official beach season is from July to August when the waters are warmest.
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About Takeno
Takeno is a beautiful little town located next to the Sea of Japan. Takeno’s life and presence can be found all along the coast, around the Takeno river, and into the mountains. Small Japanese inns can be found throughout the entire town and are very popular during the summer months. Seafood and fish are synonymous with life in Takeno. With the different seasons, different delicacies, activities, and scenery can be enjoyed. 
The coastal road to Takeno is a popular scenic drive. It takes you along the rocky coast that is part of the San’in Kaigan Geopark (coastal geopark). Here you can see geologically diverse land formations and monuments that contain records of the process from when Japan was part of the Asian continent to its present-day formation of the Sea of Japan.
From the middle of the Edo period to the second half of the Meiji period, Takeno’s Kitamaebune ships sailed from Hokkaido all the way to Osaka by way of the Sea of Japan. They conducted business by stocking up in a port town while selling cargo to prospective customers. Once they were finished in a town, they would move to the next town and do the same thing. They have been called the “Moving Market of the Sea” and helped support to livelihoods of people all over Japan.
Soft white sand stretches 1km along crystal-clear blue waters. You can enjoy the beach from late May to early or mid September when the strong winter winds start to die down, but the most popular time to visit is in July and August when the waters are warmest for swimming.
The water is clear and shallow with almost no sudden drop offs making it great for children and wading.
How to Enjoy Takeno
Kitamaekan Center
Kitamaekan Center
Located near Takeno beach, Kitamaekan Center offers various services for visitors. Those services include a restaurant, hot springs, a free educational exhibition about Takeno, bicycle rentals, a gift shop, and a reception for water sport activities. Come and take a look inside during your next visit to Takeno.
 
Hours 9:00~21:00
Closed Thursdays (*Open every day in July and August)
Takeno Fireworks Festival
Takeno Fireworks Festival
Every year on July 30th, an amazing fireworks display takes place at Takeno beach. The fireworks are shot up from the water for the crowds of spectators to enjoy from the beach. Food stalls and an event stage are set up close to the main road by the beach. Swimming is permitted during the day until an announcement is made for everyone to exit the water in preparation for the fireworks display. The display usually begins at 20:00 and goes for about 1 hour.
Rental Bicycles
Rental Bicycles
Get around and explore Takeno by renting a bicycle. Pick-up and drop-off stations are conveniently located at JR Takeno station and near the beach at Kitamaekan Center and the Takeno Tourist Center. You may also drop the bicycle off at the Kinosaki Information Counter near Kinosaki Onsen station. There are both electric-assisted bicycles and regular bicycles are available for use.
 
Rental Fee 500 JPY/2 Hours (100 JPY for every extra hour)
1000 JPY/Day
Hours 9:00~17:00
*Please note that the bicycles must be returned before 17:00. A late return charge of 5000 JPY will be applied if returned after 17:00.
Takeno Hot Springs
Takeno Hot Springs
These hot springs are found next to Takeno beach inside Kitamaekan Center on the 2nd floor. They are rich in sodium, calcium, and chloride which are said to help heal the body. Relax and enjoy views of the Sea of Japan from both the sauna and outdoor bath. Tattoos are permitted.
 
Entry Fee Adult (13 & older) 600 JPY
Child (3-12) 350 JPY
Infant Free
Hours 10:00~21:00
 *Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
Closed Thursdays (*Open every day in July and August)
Takeno Beach
Takeno Beach
With clear, calm, and transparent waters and 1 km of white sandy beach, this is the perfect spot to take a dip in the sea. Beach season is officially open from July to August and is most lively during this time. But do not let that stop you from going for a swim outside of these months. Takeno is one of the top 100 swimming beaches in Japan according to the Ministry of the Environment. The beach is a 20 min walk from JR Takeno station, just one stop north of JR Kinosaki Onsen station.
 
Additional Points to Remember!
No lifesaving procedures are in place during the off-season (September~June).
Swim at your own risk.
Do not enter the water during unsafe weather conditions.
Please take your garbage with you when you leave.
Nekozaki Peninsula
Nekozaki Peninsula
Named Nekozaki because it looks like a crouching cat from shore, but is lovingly nicknamed “Kewpie” by the locals because it looks like a cuppie doll lying on its back. Originally it was an isolated island. Sand carried out from the Takeno River and accumulation from ocean currents eventually connected it to land turning it into the current day peninsula. There is a hiking path that will take you all the way to the end, a great hike on nice days.
See details about this hiking course
Geo Canoe and Sea Kayaking
Geo Canoe and Sea Kayaking
This is a great and fun way to see the coast. Various tours are available from April to October. Choose from an hour tour sunrise tour to an all day tour. A guide will take you out to several points of interest and possibly through one of the caves. You can make reservations for Sea Kayaking at the following link on our Tours and Activities page
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Snorkeling and Diving
Snorkeling and Diving
Bring your own gear or rent from Takeno Snorkeling Center or Takeno Tourism Association. Swim through the clear waters and watch the various marine life swim below you or slip on a pair of water shoes and walk through the rocks and tide pools. You can find things such as starfish, squid, octopus, damsel fish, rays, sea urchins and more. See details on this activity
Where to Eat
Restaurant Shiraho
Restaurant Shiraho
Take a break from the sun and grab a bite to eat at Restaurant Shiraho. Located inside Kitamaekan Center next to Takeno beach, come here to enjoy their popular fresh seafood rice bowl and other local favorites. Enjoy the view of the beach from the patio in summer, and try crab dishes available during winter only. An English menu is available.
 
Hours 11:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:00)
*Lunch 11:00~14:00
Café Time 14:00~17:00
Dinner 17:00~21:00
Closed Thursdays (*Open every day in July and August)
Columbia
Columbia
Columbia is located close to the beach, across from the shrine on the road that leads directly to Takeno station. It is a restaurant that offers a variety of dishes that anyone can enjoy such as sandwiches and curry with rice. They also use local squid in some of their dishes. They include ika-omu-yakisoba (an omelet filled with squid and pan-fried noodles), as well as ika-yakisoba (salted pan-fried noodles with squid). Breakfast is served until 10:30. An English menu is available.
 
Hours 7:30~16:00
Closed Wednesdays
Ottotto
Ottotto
Grab lunch at this little restaurant close to beach. Their specialty is a locally caught sashimi lunch and their menu also includes other seafood, fish, chicken, and pork options. An English menu is available. 
 
Hours 11:30~14:00
Closed Wednesdays
Nagomite
Nagomite
This is a little café located close to Takeno beach on the road that leads back to Takeno station. Come on in for tea or coffee and try zenzai (sweet red bean soup). Also on the menu is udon and other beverages.
 
Hours 9:30~17:00
Masuda
Masuda
Masuda is located near the Lawson in between JR Takeno station and Takeno beach. To get there, turn left at the traffic lights by the Lawson convenience store when heading towards the beach. Masuda specializes in seafood dishes using locally caught ingredients. After lunch, check out their gift shop for souvenirs from Takeno. An English menu is available.
 
Hours 8:30~17:00
*Lunch 11:30~14:00
Closed Tuesdays and irregular holidays
Pumpkin
Pumpkin
Pumpkin is a local café which makes in siphon coffee and is found right next to Takeno station. Breakfast is served until 10:30. For lunch, they serve dishes such as curry udon, pilaf, and beef bowls. An English menu is available
 
Hours 8:00~16:00
Closed Thursdays
Points of Interest
Hasakari Rock
Hasakari Rock
Hasakari is local dialect that roughly translates to “stuck” or “to be wedged between”. The three rocks use to be one large rock with a cave that had been eroded by the waves. Further erosion caused the upper part of the cave to collapse and become stuck creating the current natural “art” formation.
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Burnt Cedar Houses
Burnt Cedar Houses
Walk through the town and enjoy the traditional architecture and facades of the houses. Notice that many of the houses have a dark brown or black wood siding. These were not painted, they were burnt using a centuries old technique of charring the surface of the cedar wood called yakisugi. This weathering processes gives the wood durability against saltwater, surf and sun as well as aesthetic.
Access
To access Takeno, take a train from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station one stop north to JR Takeno Station. It takes about 10 minutes. 
INFORMATION
Takeno Tourism Association: http://www.takeno-kanko.com/en/
Takeno Tourism Association: http://www.takeno-kanko.com/en/
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