Located in the western part of Kagawa prefecture, Chichibugahama is a beautiful one kilometer long beach that has been selected as one of Japan's Top 100 Sunset Beaches.
I used to chase the sunset on the tidelands beyond Chichibugahama before, but when did it happen? I started to notice a large influx of cars with license plates of various other prefectures and large tourist buses with groups of foreign tourists on this beach. To accommodate the increased visitors, a large parking lot was set up on the beach. Resort style stores and cafes were built one after another. Chichibugahama, which used to be quiet, is now bustling with couples, groups and families every day. On some days you might even wonder, "Is this Shonan?".
Not only in summer but also in winter when the freezing north wind bellows, youngsters put their bare feet into the tidal pool without regard to getting chilblains or frostbite...for what? This is what everyone wants to do! They want to take pictures in their own favorite poses beside the tidal pool which gets created on the beach at low tide. Here, using the tidal pool as a mirror, you can take beautiful reflection photos like you can at the famous Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia.
Who could've imagined that this beach would become like this in only a few years? Gaining popularity is welcome of course, but I wonder if I'm the only one who misses the rustic old beach which retained the vestiges of a good old fishing town with salt pans.
You can visit Chichibugahama Beach in your own car or in a rented car, which can be parked in a parking area for visitors. Various direct shuttle buses are also available.
Please refer to the official access information for details.
(As of mid-September, there are some restrictions in visiting Chichibugahama Beach due to the counter-pandemic measures. Please check with the official website before visiting.)
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.