Photo By: Aomori Photos
Region
Tohoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Aomori
Population
1,475,635

Senjojiki Beach

For wanderers and adventures, this rugged locale is vital.

Senjojiki Beach offers up stunning rock formations and tide pools, but don’t forget your usual beach supplies because it’s still a mecca for swimming and camping.

The beach is tucked away on Odosezaki Cape jutting into the Sea of Japan within the Senjojiki coastline. The 40-kilometer (28-mile) stretch of rugged yet elegant coast is a highlight of Aomori Prefecture. Senjojiki is a lesser-traversed destination, but even if you’re just en route on the JR East Gono Line, it’s worth a stop at this bedrock beach with a massive signature rock formation approximately 12 kilometers (about 3 miles) tall.

What prefecture is this in?

Cherry blossoms along the moat surrounding Hirosaki castle, Aomori.
The scenery came from an earthquake that rocked the area more than 200 years ago. Boulders matched with delicate tide pools and emerald sea moss create the beauty you’ll experience in visiting this unique beach.

Beach season

However, the swimming season is short depending on the weather from year to year, usually beginning in July and lasting until mid-August. This quaint locale also boasts being selected as one of the “100 best sunsets in Japan,” so it is recommended to stick around for dinner and after evening hours.

For tourist information, hit up the Senjojiki center, just a three-minute walk from the station. If you wish to stay the night, there are a few small inns in the area, as well as camping facilities.

Aomori prefecture is most widely known for its popular Nebuta Matsuri, a summer festival showing of gigantic floats, as well as being destination studded with nature and a great place for apple picking in late August. If you’re visiting in beach season, you may want to time your journey around these events.

Where serenity meets crashing waves, Senjojiki is a spectacular sightseeing spot, even if you aren’t able to catch beach season.

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Trivia

Cherry blossoms along the moat surrounding Hirosaki castle, Aomori.

Aomori

The northern tip of Tohoku, Aomori prefecture is the boundary between the known and unknown Japan.

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Things To Know

Beach Season

Usually beginning in July and lasting until mid-August. This is a rather remote location, so it is advised to bring food and drink with you, as there aren’t many convenience stores in the area. However, there are some restaurants, vending machines and public toilets within walking distance of the beach.

How To Get There

Address

Omagoe Highway, Kitakanegasawa, Fukaura-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-2504, Japan

By train

Take the Hayabusa train on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori station for about 3.5 hours. Transfer to a local or limited express train for Aomori station (5 minutes). From there, travel to JR Senjojiki station via JR the Ou and Gono lines. The beach is a few minutes walk from there.

By bus

Take an over-night bus from Tokyo station Yaesu Exit Bus stop No. 3 to Aomori station Bus stop No. 8.

By car

About a 9-hour drive from Tokyo station.

Where To Stay

Suigunnoyado
  • Maitomachi Shimotomita 26-1 Nishitsugaru-Gun Ajigasawa-Machi, Aomori 038-2761
  • 8.1/10
  • 13.4 km
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Hotel Grand Mer Sankaiso
  • Maitomachi Naruto 1 Nishitsugaru-Gun Ajigasawa-Machi, Aomori 038-2761
  • 8.6/10
  • 14.3 km
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Rockwood Hotel & Spa
  • Ajigasawa Kogen Nishi-Tsugaru-Gun 038-2793
  • 8.4/10
  • 20.4 km
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Wespa Tsubakiyama
  • Henashi, Nabeishi 226-1 Nishitsugaru-Gun Fukaura-Machi, Aomori 038-2327
  • 8.5/10
  • 25.2 km
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