This pretty beach on the same side of Awaji Island as the Water Temple and Yume-no-Butai was all but deserted in spring, but must be popular in summertime. The resort area with a paved promenade extends about 400 meters along the shore between two small rivers, one of which is spanned by a quirky replica of London bridge currently in a state of disrepair. Two museums, Neko Bijutsukan which features cat art, and Awaji-shi Tougeikan, a pottery museum and workshop, stand beside the beach. The Higashi-Ura Bus Terminal Park is also nearby.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.