Blue Moon at Isshiki Beach Hayama

Popular beach house at one of World's 100 Best Beaches

By Jessica A Paje    - 3 min read

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 bluemoonspa@docomo.ne.jp 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.

Getting there

To access Blue Moon at Isshiki Beach, JR line to Zushi or Keikyu Line to Shin Zushi. Take any bus that terminates at Hayama and get off at the “Ishiki Kaigan” stop (written as:一色海岸). 3 minute walk. By car, take Yokohama-Yokosuka Toll Road, exit Zushi and onto the Zushi Hayama New Road. At the end of the road, turn right at the traffic light. Drive 300m further up the road and it’s on the left.

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Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Yokosuka, Japan, for 5 years. In 2010, I arrived with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also went to California for 1 month, raised a monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the USA could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. I wanted them to know that the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as Japan Travel to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here. Feel free to contact me at jessica.paje@japantravel.com. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶

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