When I was literally testing out the waters to compile the list of twelve beaches near Yokosuka Naval Base, I came across Isshiki Beach. Located in the quaint town of Hayama, I learned that on April 16, 2014, CNN announced its World’s 100 Best Beaches wherein Isshiki beach came in at No. 65. Isshiki is famous for swimming, water sports, windsurfing, boating and sun bathing. Then there are the umi no ie, temporary beach houses, that are built within a few weeks to service beachgoers from July to August. They sit right on the shore and can offer such things as food, beach rentals, showers and adult beverages. Celebrating its 18th Anniversary from now until August 31st, I introduce to you Blue Moon beach house. Build it and they will come!
What separates Blue Moon from the other beach houses along the Shonan coast is not only its concept, but also the goods and services they have to offer. Since first opening in 1997, the hut has always been constructed with recycled materials. This year during the city’s annual forest clearance, Blue Moon was able to secure 50 excellent bamboo pieces to erect the house and open for business by July 5th. Positioned in the center of the crescent overlooking the soft silky sands and into the deep blue horizon, their dining, music, drinks, rentals, and spa services will take your beach going experience to a whole other level in Japan.
Did you say spa services? Yes, indeed! At Blue Moon Spa, indulge in a service that uses aromatherapy oils: Balinese Oil Massage, Foot Reflexology, or Head Therapy. Or, simply opt for Body Therapy without oil. After reviewing their Facebook page in advance, I made a reservation by sending an email to email@example.com and a confirmation was received within the same day. Now imagine this: laying down amid the fresh ocean air, the soothing sounds of the waves crashing beneath you, the sweet melody of the wind chimes ringing, and the sun peeking through the bamboo shades as it intensifies the aroma of the oils. I was on cloud nine! Blue Moon Spa is a terrace space prepared with two private beds on the 2nd floor of the beach house. You’ll never want to leave.
It was time to hydrate after the massage. Inside the beach house is a cute little teahouse called Dadaya. They offer a great selection of iced & hot teas and sweets like ice cream or parfaits. I ordered an iced, Jasmine tea latte which I believe was delivered straight from heaven. Mmm – so refreshing! Just on the other end of the hut is the counter for ordering food. A simple selection of Japanese dishes and a few comfort foods, like french fries or fried chicken, are a sure hit among visitors. All ingredients are sourced locally and organic. Find a table inside the large, bamboo covered dining area or bask in the sun with an ice-cold draft beer in hand. The natural setting of Blue Moon will make your heart content.
For more information on their live music schedule, be sure to check out their website.