The 10 Best Things to Do in Shimoda, Japan

July 13, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Discover the best top things to do in Shimoda, Japan including Tatadohama Beach, Ryugu Park, Shirahama Beach, Mount Nesugatayama Observatory, Shimoda Aquarium, Kisami Ohama Beach, Tsumekizaki, Shimoda Park, Iritahama Beach, Shirahama Ohama Beach.
Restaurants in Shimoda

1. Tatadohama Beach

Kisami, Shimoda 415-0028, Shizuoka Prefecture
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Tatadohama Beach

Reviewed By readytogoJapan - Japan

We come here so my husband can surf...I generally hide under an umbrella. Nice beach, and off season..really relaxing. We usually come in May-June or Oct-Nov. In summer, lots of people are here and the beach is packed with families. If you can come off season, the water won't be warm, but it is pretty. Great for photos..and relaxing. Small children really enjoy digging here in the sand..good place for families. Not huge waves, but there are always surfers here..hoping.. and Surfing the small waves. Nice sandy beach..a restroom is available..and some sort of showers. Bring food and drinks though.. maybe only in summer you can buy something to eat. Off season, we carry our own. One of the nicer Beaches in my opinion.

2. Ryugu Park

Toji, Shimoda 415-0029, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 558-22-1531
Excellent
44%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Ryugu Park

Reviewed By Isha1203 - Japan

Truly one of the Mysterious place of mother nature. Ryugu Sea Cave has its own mystery from its location to the view from in side and above. It has very easy access as it is situated by the road. you just have to climb down the stairs. ( just two mins and not that steep or deep) Once you climbed down all you get to see is whole where you can see the serenity of blue ocean. It is very pristine and you would imagine what a marvel this can be. When you look up all you can see is the blue sky surrounded by trees. When u climb up you can see the heart shaped cave from top.
Highly recommended to visit also you can see the sand ski banks too. enjoy!
You can take the bus from Shimoda station which bounds to Toji!
or else Taxi for 4ppl will be 4000 ( cheaper than the bus n easy)
or Drive via Route 136 and turn left at the traffic sign of “Toji Iriguchi”, a “Ryugu-Kutsu” sign can be seen before reaching the Traffic sign of “Sandbank”.

3. Shirahama Beach

Shirahama, Shimoda 415-0012, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 90-7823-6704
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

Shirahama Beach

Reviewed By anned0201 - Tokyo, Japan

A very nice bustling beach with clear waters and white sands. The waves are kind of strong the whole day, so it's better use swim ring or other equipment. Parasols and beach chairs price is different up the hill from the beach and on the beach. There is no loud music at the beach, so families with kids can rest here too. There are many local bars around with fast food and drinks. Water sports are also offered by the people who sell them walking around the beach.

4. Mount Nesugatayama Observatory

1-3-2 Higashihongo, Shimoda 415-0035, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 558-22-1211
Excellent
26%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 210 reviews

Mount Nesugatayama Observatory

Reviewed By DYA717 - Honolulu

A ride up-and-down every 15 minutes. The mountain top has an observation platform, a souvenir shop and nicely landscaped path with a lot of steps requiring hiking up and down, around the top. Nice views of the town, harbor and valley. Best bargain, a must-do activity in Izukyu-Shimoda.

5. Shimoda Aquarium

3-22-31, Shimoda 415-8502, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 558-22-3567
Excellent
28%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 257 reviews

Shimoda Aquarium

Reviewed By rasillon - Midwest

Shimoda Floating Aquarium has dolphins living in a net separated ocean bay, sea lions, sea otters, wonderful tanks of jelly fish and fish, and a large tank with an amazing array of fish including a school of smaller fish.
The dolphins and sea lions are trained and put on fantastic shows. (Remember I am not a big fan of Aquariums but this is very fun to watch.)
The setting of the aquarium is pleasant. There is not, as in many such sites, a lot of in your face pressure to buy trinkets and treats but there are plenty on hand for you.

6. Kisami Ohama Beach

Kisami, Shimoda 415-0028, Shizuoka Prefecture
Excellent
54%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Kisami Ohama Beach

Reviewed By Jenina d - Tokyo, Japan

My friends and I booked rooms at nearby American House Cozy so we could go to Kisami Ohama anytime we felt like it. Very clean sand (although not white), not pebbly which was great, and the water was also very clean. Fun for splashing around. It wasn't so crowded at the start of August but I imagine it will be later on in the month.
We rented beach parasols as it was extremely hot (1500 yen each). Bring drinks so you don't have to trek back and forth to the vending machines.

7. Tsumekizaki

Shimoda 415-0014, Shizuoka Prefecture
Excellent
35%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 114 reviews

Tsumekizaki

Reviewed By DorothyCheong - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It was a pleasant walk in the morning to this park with the blooming of the Narcissus flowers and smell of its sweet fragrance. Some stalls were set up selling the bulbs of this flower, fruits, fish, etc. We have our breakfast in the big stall which serve ramen with seafood.

8. Shimoda Park

3, Shimoda 415-0023, Shizuoka Prefecture
Excellent
31%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Shimoda Park

Reviewed By HiIslandsGuy - Honolulu, Hawaii

The park is quite large, with areas for camellia, hydrangea, and local plants. There are also some nice views of the harbor. It's fine for a hike, but it is not special enough to warrant going out of your way to see.

9. Iritahama Beach

Kisami, Shimoda 415-0028, Shizuoka Prefecture
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Iritahama Beach

Reviewed By 梓 - 東京

It's a very local beach, but really amazing. Quiet, clear water same as Hawaii, no trush on the sand, nice wind and waves.
We can enjoy peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Public toilets are available. No convenience stores, but a small venders which provide warm showers, cold beer, warm meals are opened during summer vacation.
We also can rent umbrellas, floats, benches, and body boards.
It takes only 5minutes from Shimoda Station by local buses. (You can ask the bus numbers at the bus stops) A few buses go there.
By 5 pm, life savers are there. No worries.
Have a great holiday!

10. Shirahama Ohama Beach

Shirahama, Shimoda 415-0012, Shizuoka Prefecture
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Shirahama Ohama Beach

Reviewed By 梓 - 東京

This is a biggest beach in Shimoda.
Very popular, wide, pure water, but very busy during summer vacation.
In the middle of the entrance of the beach, there are a few rip off kids are closing to offer to rent very expensive umbrellas , floats, benches, so please ignore them.
You can borrow them only 500 Yen each at a small shop at the end of beach (on the beach) near by visitors office.
There are many many kids are swimming, so please beaware.
You will see some venders are closing guests and offer some food Delivery service.
If you want, you can order cold beer, ramen, fried chicken, French fried, curry and rice etc... but unfortunately, there is no English menu because this beach is also very local.
Free public toilets, a few coins shower service are available.
There is no locker room, so please not to bring your expensive belongs.
You can take only a few of bills for food and rent, and leave on the beach your belongs, while you are enjoy swimming.
No one pick them up. Here is Japan.
It takes 15 minutes from Shimoda Station by bus number 10. The cost is 360 Yen one way.
Note: the buses are not giving you any changes.

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