My Favorites

My Tokyo Guide

See something interesting? Click on the heart button in the article to add a page from this site to My Favorites.

Main content starts here.

Updated: July 21, 2020

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.

Hit the beach and get cool in the pool

Enjoy Tokyo’s hot and steamy summer days by relaxing in the water

Tokyo bristles with skyscrapers and urban life, but there are some lesser-known beaches and resort-like pools that make for perfect destinations during the summer.

Tips

  • Beach swimming season is generally limited to July and August
  • Check the water quality before swimming in Tokyo Bay and be aware that some beaches like Odaiba don’t actually allow swimming—just wading and splashing
  • Check out the major hotels, which open their swimming pools to the public in summer—for a fee
  • Much like an onsen, you should shower before you enter a swimming pool and in some cases wear a swimming cap

Sand between your toes

Tokyo is not known for its extensive beaches. For decent waves, serious surfers usually head out to Chiba, Kanagawa, or down to Izu. However, close to the city, you can enjoy beach volleyball or dip your toes in the water at Odaiba. Swimming is not permitted, but you can wade around and cool down. The sunsets over the water are beautiful. There's another beach at Kasai Kaihin Park, which offers swimming when the water quality is good, and has changing sheds. The nearby Kasai Rinkai Park is well equipped, with restaurants, an aquarium, and BBQ facilities.

Explore Tokyo’s islands

They’re not exactly close to the city, but Tokyo has its own chain of islands, offering beautiful, clean beaches and outdoor hot springs. Oshima Island is the closest, just under two hours by boat, with stunning geological formations. Surfers should head to Niijima for good waves, while the turquoise waters around Shikinejima are popular with scuba divers.

Oshima Island

Oshima Island, the largest of Tokyo's islands, is dominated by the active volcano at its center, and a trip to the coast reveals geological marvels. The surrounding water is deep and clear, making it perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling. A peek under the surface reveals a colorful world of fish and plant life.

Oshima Island

© Oshima Navi

Niijima Island

Habushi Beach, on Niijima Island's east side, boasts 6.5 kilometers of white sand. It's an internationally renowned surfing destination that attracts professionals from all over the globe. The island also offers boardsailing, fishing, and swimming. Explore its coast further, and you'll make a mysterious discovery: numerous carved stone heads.

Niijima Island

Shikinejima Island

Shikinejima Island is a kaleidoscope of color, with turquoise water, white sand, and green forested trails. Many of its seafront rock pools are actually hot springs, and the iron content of the rock turns some of them a rusty orange. The ocean view is as impressive underneath the water as it is above, making this a popular destination for scuba divers.

Shikinejima Island

Tokyo's islands are spread out hundreds of kilometers into the Pacific, offering a huge variety of views and experiences. Click the links for more information on Izu and Ogasawara, and to find out how to visit the islands yourself.

Tokyo’s cool pools

Many Tokyo residents visit one of the city's major waterparks to cool off in the warmer months. These aquatic theme parks are truly impressive, with Tokyo Summerland and Yomiuriland's WAI being two of the best known.

Tokyo Summerland

This much-loved water park is vast in scale, with pools, rides, and its own 650-meter lazy river. There are attractions for everyone, with rollercoasters for thrill-seekers and gentle waterslides for kids.

Tokyo Summerland

Yomiuriland

Yomiuriland is a large-scale leisure facility with attractions and games for people of all ages. In summer, it's home to a water park called WAI, which recreates the crystal-clear water and palm trees of the South Pacific. On some evenings they open a night pool, where you can enjoy illuminations and a beer garden.

*Tattoos (including temporary tattoos) are not permitted at WAI, and people with tattoos will be refused entry. Those who are refused entry or ejected from the park will not receive a refund or compensation.

Yomiuriland

Hotel Pools

Many of Tokyo’s major hotels open their pools to the public in summer, though the cost for non-guests can be high. The Hotel New Otani is one of the most lavish, with DJs and illuminations at night for a sophisticated summer pool party. The spacious pool at the Park Hyatt Tokyo is the perfect spot for poolside views of the city below, and is flanked by a gym and aerobics studio. Check the hotel websites for opening times and fees. Be aware that tattoos are generally prohibited at public pools and baths.