Mochimune Beach: Nestled Away

Near an Urban Center

By James Holford    - 2 min read

Mochimune beach is nestled next to the big coastal mountain that divides Shizuoka City and Yaizu. I once rode a bicycle through the long tunnel through that mountain, and unless you're fine with CO poisoning, don't do that. Mochimune, originally one of my favorite hang-outs, is a couple hundred meters wide with parts at the north end for kayaks and swimmers. Alongside the beach, there is a sward with showers, restrooms, and a chlorinated kiddie pool.

Parking is a breeze along the beachside road with plenty of attendants to direct you so you don't drive into the wall. If you go by local train, exit Mochimune station, the second stop heading west after Shizuoka, and walk straight ahead about 150 meters. If you want to wander the quiet side streets off to your left on the way, you'll stumble across local restaurants that offer wholesome fare.

Although off-season is swim at your own risk, in summertime the beach is scrutinized. Once while I was floating on my back a few meters offshore, a lifeguard sprinted tens of meters over the rocky part of the beach and shouted at me through a megaphone that I needed to be in the designated swimming area. Awakened from my reverie, I jackknifed and squinted in the direction he was rigidly pointing. You mean among those children in their uki-wa, (ring floats)? I wondered. He smiled.

The lifeguards there however are generally a courteous, diligent, enthusiastic, young crew. Even though I know it's not a result of my evident disgruntlement at having been disturbed, the swimming area does look to be expanded, albeit with more warnings and postings. Perhaps it is a gesture toward that bane of the laid-back beach style: jet-skis.

If you want to take a beachless stroll, walk to the north end of the beach, get off, and turn left when you have to. Keep right and make a right-angled walk around the harbor and gyo-kyou, fishermen's co-op, where they haul in tasty shirasu, a type of whitebait that is seasonal in warm months and often dried there. At the end of the walk, there is a refreshment stand.

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James Holford

James Holford @james.holford

James Blake Holford is a long-time resident of Japan. He lives in Shizuoka with his family. He works for Interac Co. Ltd. His hobbies include: marine sports, tennis, writing and publishing.

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