Shonan Beach is a great place to get away from the city. It’s totally chill compared to other parts of Japan and it’s only one hour from Tokyo – easily accessible by train or by car. It’s a straight shot from Shinjuku on the Odakyu line heading west. It’s a must see if you’re in Japan during the summertime and if you go, make sure you eat ‘shirasu‘ which is what the area is famous for.
Concession stands line the sidewalk.
Shonan Beach Bars!
We walked up on a little J-Pop concert.
I was immediately rushed by security who told me picture taking on the beach is illegal. Apparently it is but I didn’t know. Oops.
Yep, most young, high school Japanese chics dye their hair blonde.
I normally don’t see a lot of people openly sporting tattoos in Tokyo, but Shonan Beach was packed with Ink.
A work in progress…
This lifeguard stand is super-lame compared to lifeguard stands on Miami Beach.
A beach-ball volley session kept us entertained while my back was getting completely sunburned!
The skirt thingy seems to be a popular swimwear choice for J-girls.
To my disbelief a majority wore a float around their waist… out of water. It just seemed all very, very wrong.
These girls must really be shy. But at least I didn’t see any guys wearing a waste-float which might have disturbed me.
Back to reality…
Boku-san soaking up the rays and enjoying a little time away from the gym.
There were lots of kids playing in the volcanic ash sand.
These beach bars are quiet and laid back compared to Florida beach bars that I grew up frequenting. Nowhere near the sales volume of booze – not even close.
My homies: the ‘young gun’ on the far left, next to him MMA fighter Kotetsu Boku, to his right, large-and-in-charge ex-MMA fighter Kengo Watanabe (seriously… look at how big that guy is)… and to the far right Nori-san.
From Shonan Beach you can see Enoshima which is a very cool place for site seeing tourists.
Don’t let that smile fool you. This guy is a wrecking machine. Check out his highlight clip on YouTube (which starts off looking like a commercial…but trust me… just watch it).