Here’s Where Japanese Locals Go to During the Summer
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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.
Wakasa Kaiyu Bazaar Chidorien
43 Sakajiri, Mihama, Mikata District, Fukui Prefecture
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.
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.
18-2-2 Wakasa, Mikatakaminaka District, Fukui Prefecture (Sancho Park)
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.
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.
Mikata Onsen Kirara
1-6-1 Chuo, Wakasa, Mikatakaminaka District, Fukui Prefecture
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.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (9 August, 2017)