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Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Tottori
Population
613,229

Yonago Beaches

By Laura Payne

Yonago, a city in western Tottori Prefecture, invites visitors to enjoy various outdoor activities. Nestled between Mount Daisen, Lake Nakaumi and the Sea of Japan, travelers in Yonago can go mountain climbing one day and relax on the beach the next.

The city’s two most famous beaches are known for their views, natural hot springs and summer triathlon. Additionally, Yonago’s connections to an airport and a major train station make these seaside getaways easily accessible destinations for long vacations or weekend trips.

When you want to beat the heat in rural Japan, here are two places to check out in Yonago.

Kaike Onsen Beach

Kaike Onsen Beach

Photo by: PIXTA/ colors A beautiful beach right beside an onsen town.

This is one of the few places in Japan where hot springs and the ocean are within walking distance. Resorts and day spas in the Kaike Onsen area offer baths from a saltwater hot spring, while the adjacent seashore invites visitors to take a cooling swim on a white sand beach lined with pine trees.

Sports fans may especially find Kaike Onsen Beach attractive because this is the site of Japan’s first triathlon. In 1981, the Kaike Triathlon was held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the hot spring resort area and promote the image of “health and beauty.” Only 53 athletes participated in the inaugural triathlon, but the event has since grown to accommodate hundreds of participants. The modern Kaike Triathlon is held every summer (typically in July) and has welcomed athletes and spectators from both Japan and abroad.

Yumigahama Coast

Yumigahama Coast

Photo by: PIXTA/ Ryozo A popular spot for watching the sunrise.

Stretching along the peninsula from Kaike Onsen Beach to Sakaiminato, Yumigahama is one of western Tottori’s most picturesque beaches. Travelers often visit this coastline to get a photo of Mount Daisen against the foreground of the ocean. On certain days during the fall and winter, people will visit the coast early in the morning to see the sun rise from behind the mountain.

One of the most popular activities on the Yumigahama Coast is cycling. One route, Hakushaseisho (White Sand Green Pines), is a flat paved trail that takes cyclists through almost 16 kilometers of shorelines and forests. Viewpoints along the trail let visitors absorb the full beauty of the coast. Meanwhile, the endpoint of Hakushaseisho is marked with sightseeing destinations such as Sawai Coffee—a locally-grown cafe and coffee factory—and Yumeminato Tower, which offers panoramic views of the sea, the mountains and Yonago Airport.

Things To Know

Bicycle Rental and When to Visit

Rental bicycles are available at places like the Yonago City Tourist Information Center (located near Yonago Station). More information can be found online.

The best time to swim in Yonago is typically July and August, but weather conditions and other factors may change this. Caution is also advised when swimming, as it is possible to encounter jellyfish or rip currents. The main swimming areas of Kaike Onsen Beach often have lifeguards on duty during the summer.

How To Get There

Address

By train

Take the Yakumo express train from Okayama station and alight at Yonago station. Buses to Kaike Onsen Beach depart from this station.

To reach Yumigahama from Yonagao station, take a train on the Sakai Line for Sakaiminato and alight at Yumigahama station. Destinations such as Yumeminato Tower are about a 20-minute walk from Takamatsucho station on the same line.

By car

Free parking lots are available at different points along the Yumigahama Coast.

At Kaike Onsen Beach, many hotels provide parking lots for guests. A small general-use parking lot can be found at Kaike Seaside Park.

Where To Stay

Smile Hotel Yonago
  • 1-1-55 Nishifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori, 683-0805 Japan
  • ¥4,600 - ¥21,000
  • 3.67/5 (436 reviews)
  • 6.1 km
Kaike Onsen Kaike Grand Hotel Tensui
  • 4-18-45 Kaikeonsen, Yonago-shi, Tottori, 683-0001 Japan
  • ¥6,600 - ¥35,640
  • 6.1 km
Kaike Onsen Kasuitei
  • 4-19-10 Kaikeonsen, Yonago-shi, Tottori, 683-0001 Japan
  • ¥9,350 - ¥66,000
  • 4.33/5 (451 reviews)
  • 6.2 km
Bayside Square Kaike Hotel
  • 4-21-1 Kaikeonsen, Yonago-shi, Tottori, 683-0001 Japan
  • ¥7,700 - ¥61,600
  • 4.36/5 (1,408 reviews)
  • 6.4 km
Kaike Onsen Kaike Kikunoya
  • 4-29-10 Kaikeonsen, Yonago-shi, Tottori, 683-0001 Japan
  • ¥7,700 - ¥61,600
  • 4.67/5 (1,098 reviews)
  • 6.4 km

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