12 Things Must Bring & 6 Things Must Do on Awaji Island Beach 淡路島
If you haven’t figured out what to do in your vacation, wear sunblock, put on your sunglasses, let’s go to BEACH~~~~~~!!! Y^.^Y
It was my first time to go on a “real” beach trip in Japan! With Hippo Family Club Japan and some of my international friends in Kyoto. After experiencing the beach party with Japanese families, I came up with some ideas to help you make your beach party more efficient and fun.
If you are also thinking of going to the beach, check out the 12 things must bring & 6 things must do on the beach in Japan! XD
Our destination: Awaji Island!
Awaji Island (淡路島 Awaji-shima) – is an island in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū and Shikoku. The island has beautiful beach and sea which makes a great business during summer time. (I heard no people visiting the island in other seasons though)
In Japanese, they call the activity of going to beach as “海水浴 Kaisui-yoku”, which means “Sea bathing” in English. And those spots for “Sea bathing” are called “海水浴場 Kaisui-yokujo” in Japanese. What is more exciting is that, the Awaji Island is not a tourist spot, which means we will only see Japanese there and observe how they have fun on the beach. ^^
12 Things Must Bring to Beach in Japan
1. Sunblock – I think this is a universal thing should bring to the beach am I right? Unless you enjoy getting sunburnt. lol
2. Sunglasses – Sunglasses is the MUST on the beach! It doesn’t only help you prevent the dazzling sunlight, also it makes you look cool and what is amazing about that is….it enables you to spot pretties and handsome on the beach without people knowing. lol MUST!
3. Bikini – Without bikini, beach in Japan would be my last place to go. Japanese girls really love bikinis and they look good with it 😀 I noticed some Japanese people went in a group of only guys or only girls. Their intention is obvious! “Hey guys/girls, look how sexy/manly I am” lol If you are confident of your body, put on a BIKINI and expose yourself to people attention! 😀
4. Umbrella/ Tent – It is quite interesting that you will find many big umbrellas and tents on Japan beach! I thought people going to beach for exposing to sunlight, but apparently, many Japanese people do not want to expose to sunlight. As a matter of fact, it’s comfortable to have a shade to rest after playing too hard under the sun. 🙂
5. Sheet, Chairs, Tables – These are really important as sitting on the sand is veeeery hooooottt!
6. Swimming ring – Of course you can rent it from the shops around the beach but bringing your own swimming ring will cost no money and no thinking of the return time that would make you stressful while having fun. 🙂
7. Watermelon & baseball bat – I think this is a Japanese game for summer. They put a watermelon on the sand and choose 1 player to hit the watermelon by using baseball bat with eyes covered by handkerchief. Usually it goes 2-3 players until the watermelon is opened. It’s really fun! ^^ Check out the photos below.
8. Water gun – We played battle game with water guns! I’ll explain how to play below.
9. Volley ball/baseball – When you are not in the water, you can play volley ball on the beach. I noticed some people were playing catch with baseball too. Maybe a Japanese culture? 🙂
10. Hand-made food / instant noodle – Japanese love to share hand-made Onigiri (Rice ball) with people when going out for an event. This seems to harmonize the environment of the event because it’s handmade, which means the maker put effort into contributing to the group. Instant noodle is a convenient and fast option when we get tired and hungry. The food booth around the beach can cost quite a price.
11. Camera – You don’t want to go home with no photos do you? I know you’d say “Memories never die bro” but we all will know the power of aging someday very soon. lol Take photos or even videos to keep those great times memorable! ^^
12. Trash bag – Here comes the most impressive part. Japanese people take care of their own trash! They don’t even need to hire people to clean up the beach, because there will be no trash on the beach! We should learn this amazing habit from Japanese too. 😀
6 Things Must Do on The Beach in Japan
1. Watermelon game スイカ割り (Suika-wari) – This is the best game in Japan summer! As I mentioned above, Japanese love eating watermelon in Summer. If you have a frozen watermelon, that will be the best in Summer! Check out the photos for how we played it on the beach. 🙂
2. Water gun game – Japanese family taught us how to play this game. First you need to prepare several powerful water guns. The more powerful it is, the more fun it is. 😀 Then divide the people into 2 teams by birthday order. Each team will have 2 people with their head set up with a small paper stick like this:
When the MC counts till 3, each team runs to the central of the battle field to take the water guns, and start shooting opponent team’s target’s paper stick. My friend Romina took a video of the game, take a look ^^
3. Family Sleep – It seems that Japanese people like to take a family nap on the beach. I suppose it feels really good. 😀 Like this:
4. Beer – Speaking of hot weather…. BEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRR!!! Haha. Drink some beers on the beach will make your day!
5. Kakigo-ri (かき氷) – is a Japanese shaved ice dessert. Same as beer, you can’t say you have been beach without eating Kakigo-ri! lol There are many different flavors of Kakigo-ri such as strawberry, lemon, orange, and the most special one – Maccha!!
6. Onsen (温泉) – It seems that going to hot spring after beach is a trend in Japan. I tried it and it felt incredibly good!!! Try it ne~ 😀 We get reeeeeeeed after onsen haha Asian flush~ (these people? lol)
Check out the great times I had at Awaji Island 淡路島 with my fellows 😀