Nagasaki Prefecture has many attractions such as a handful of beautiful cities, small towns, islands, and a whole lot of historical attractions – not to mention that scary active volcano! But its beaches, many of which are comparable to those found in Okinawa, are truly spectacular. Here we will reveal some of the best family-friendly beaches located in the Nagasaki Prefecture.
- Nokubi Beach
- Takahama Beach
- Tontomari Beach
- Wakimisaki Beach
- Yukinoura Beach
The 300-meter long Nokubi beach can be found just off the Sasebo coast on Nozake Island – an island historically famous for being a place of refuge for Christians fleeing persecution during the 17th century. Today, calm waters make it the ideal place for families who can enjoy activities such as swimming, sea kayaking, and snorkeling.
Takahama is one of Japan’s best beaches – and who can argue that considering that this particular stretch of shoreline has been named one of the top 100 tourist attractions in the country and one of the top 100 natural beaches in the world.
The 800 meters long stretch of white beach sand is located on the Goto Islands, and from its shore, it offers a beautiful view of the abandoned UNESCO world heritage site – Gunkanjima Island. Takahama is ideal for swimming and families thanks to the wide sandbar, which creates small, calm waves. Also, you will find strange rock formations here which have been dated to be 500 million years old.
A nearby point of interest is the Gyoran Observatory, which is a deck providing spectacular views of the beach and other nearby islands. The photo above was taken from there.
The beautiful Tontomari is located on the Goto Islands and is a renowned beach destination among both tourists and locals thanks to its crystal clear and calm waters. Enjoy activities such as sunbathing, spearfishing, swimming, and snorkeling. There are also many other natural attractions situated nearby that are within easy walking distance.
The highly popular Wakimisaki beach stretches for 2 kilometers along the southern tip of the Nagasaki peninsula. It’s a popular spot for windsurfers, swimmers, and sunbathers alike. Wakimisaki has been declared a protected national monument because of beautiful and rare rock formations which are only visible during low tide. It has also been named as one of the top 100 beaches in Japan, and another bonus is a nearby onsen and the Zazabea seafood restaurant.
Yukinoura, with its beautiful white sandy shores, is the ideal spot for families, sunbathers, swimmers, and snorkelers. Nearby you will find mountains, a bay, beach resorts, and hotels.