Here’s Where Japanese Locals Go to During the Summer

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This is the breathtaking view at Tsuruga Peninsula of Crystal Beach, which was also ranked no.1 on an online travel magazine for 2016. 

Suishohama Kaisuiyoku-ba (Cystal Beach)
83 Takenami, Mihama, Mikata District, Fukui Prefecture
Contact: +81-7-7032-0222 (Mihamacho Sight Seeing Information Center )
Open anytime / The beach is opened until August 31 in summer

Suishohama or Crystal Beach is one of Japan’s many beautiful beaches. It boasts of sparkling white sand and crystal clear emerald green waters. Located on the west side of the Tsuruga Peninsula, it was chosen by the Ministry of Environment to be one of Japan’s 88 excellent beaches. Locals usually visit in the summer until the end of August.

This beautiful sunset beach is a popular evening spot.

The contrast of the white sand and the emerald green sea is stunning. Walk along the coast early in the morning to enjoy this awesome view.

During peak seasons, more than 20,000 beach goers visit every day. They have facilities like a sea house, shower areas, and changing rooms.

Wakasa Kaiyu Bazaar Chidorien
43 Sakajiri, Mihama, Mikata District, Fukui Prefecture
Contact: +81-7-7038-1011
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the foot bath is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While you’re in the area, try going to the Wakasa Kaiyu Bazaar Chidorien. It is the largest drive-in along Wakasa Road. The seafood buffet restaurant is particularly popular. Because  the food is mostly made from fresh local ingredients, you’ll literally be able to taste the sea in between mouthfuls. The spectacular ocean view also doesn’t hurt.

All-you-can-eat fried shrimp and sashimi! They also serve unlimited Wasaka beer and other drinks.

View from the inside

The buffet is open every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Last order is at 2:30 p.m.). It starts at ¥2,160 for adults (60 minutes). They offer around 40 kinds of food, from large fried shrimps to sashimis and salads.

Rainbow Line
18-2-2 Wakasa, Mikatakaminaka District, Fukui Prefecture (Sancho Park)
Contact: +81-7-7045-2678
Open from (traffic time) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (depends per season), Sancho Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About 35 minutes by car from Wakasa Kaiyu Bazaar Chidorien is the Rainbow Line. It is a paid tourist road with a total length of about 11 kilometers. You’ll love driving along this scenic route while taking in the view of Mikatagoko, or the five lakes of Mikata, and the Wasaka Bay. Sancho Park is located just on top of the mountain. You can take a mountain lift or a cable car going to the top, where a great panoramic view of the mountain awaits.

On top, there’s an observation deck and a key of oath for couples who want to commemorate their trip in a romantic way. 

The view of Wakasa Bay and Mikatagoko

Michinoeki Mikatagoko (Mikatagoko Roadside rest area)
122-31-1 Torihama, Wakasa, Mikatakaminaka, Fukui Prefecture
Contact: +81-7-7045-0113 (Wakasa Mikatagoko Sightseeing Information Center)
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except every first Tuesday of the month

Just 20 minutes by car from the Rainbow Line is Michinoeki Mikatagoko. This roadside rest area at Mikatagoko is registered internationally as an important wetland at the Ramsar Convention. They have a tourist information office where you can ask where you can book a hotel or where you can grab a bite. You can also view Mikatagoko from the wood deck or rent a bicycle for ¥500 for four hours to go around.

Cookies which are inspired by the waves of Mikatagoko and Wakasa Bay. (¥900 for five pieces)

BENICHU, a local plum wine. It comes in two variants: 38-degree sugar free and 20-degree fine sugar. (¥2,270/ 300 ml.)

Mikatagoko roadside rest area located at the south side of Mikatagoko.

Mikata Onsen Kirara
1-6-1 Chuo, Wakasa, Mikatakaminaka District, Fukui Prefecture
Contact: +81-7-7045-1126
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.(cutoff 9:30 p.m.); meal service 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Sunday and national holidays)
Open daily except for first Wednesday (if national holiday, closed on Wednesday of following week)

Mikata Onsen Kirara is just five minutes away by car from Michinoeki Mikatagoko. This is a model onsen which was inspired by the famous Japanese anime film Spirited Away. When you enter the place, you’ll be transported back in time with its full retro vibe. You can enjoy the cypress made Jomon no yu or the onsen surrounded by rocks called Niji no yu, which are switched weekly for male and female customers.

A wide outdoor bath

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (9 August, 2017)

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