12 Things Must Bring & 6 Things Must Do on Awaji Island Beach 淡路島

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It’s………SUMMER!!!!!!! HAHA

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 sea bathing 淡路島海水浴

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

Awaji island sea bathing 淡路島海水浴

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. 🙂

Watermelon game in Japan during summerスイカ割り


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:
paper stick 金魚すくいぽい
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:

Family sleeping on the beach in Japan


4. Beer Speaking of hot weather…. BEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRR!!! Haha. Drink some beers on the beach will make your day!

drinking beers on Japan beach in summer


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!!

Mango Kakigori in japan beach


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)

onsen after Awaji island beach

Check out the great times I had at Awaji Island 淡路島 with my fellows 😀

Departing to Awaji Island 淡路島with Hippo Family!

Departing to Awaji Island 淡路島with Toyoda family 🙂

Bus trip to Awaji Island 淡路島

Bus at 6am in the morning~ Romina kept yawning in the bus lol

bus to Awaji Island 淡路島

We have 8 international students including me. Romina & Chris (Germany), Victor & Ricardo (Mexico), Maria (Spain), Ladivine (France), Lin & Shen (Malaysia). What a small world!! ^^

Passing through the world longest bridge Akashi kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

Passing through the world longest bridge – Akashi kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋, 3,911m long.

The world longest bridge Akashi kaikyo bridge 明石海峡大橋

Driving on the world longest bridge Akashi kaikyo bridge 明石海峡大橋

Service area near the Akashi kaikyo bridge 明石海峡大橋

Service area near the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋. Feels like Kobe huh? 😀

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

Well, I love the small house on the hill. Just let me put this photo up lol

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

Bonjour, Ola~~~ XD

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

OK Just the bridge ~~

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

恋人の聖地 ( The land of couple) Shit! I’m not supposed to be here TT

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

Ola, Halo~~ ;D

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

I really shouldn’t come here TT

the world longest bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 明石海峡大橋

Kachak~~ ^^

Awaji Island 淡路島海水浴

We need sheet, chairs, tables, and umbrellas. ^^

Awaji Island 淡路島海水浴水鉄砲

And water guns!!

Awaji Island 淡路島海水浴

This is what we call – International Cooperation lol

Awaji Island 淡路島海水浴

A good sunglasses can allow you to scan pretty girls on the beach without people knowing xD

Awaji Island drinking beer 淡路島ビールを飲む

Get some beer on the beach!!!

Awaji Island drinking beer 淡路島ビールを飲む

OHHHH~~~ Am I seeing heaven?

Awaji Island drinking beer 淡路島ビールを飲む

Promoting good relationship b/w Malaysia & Japan ^^

Awaji Island  淡路島外人

Mexico, France, Germany, I’m coming for the world!

Awaji Island sea bathing party 淡路島

Of course Malaysia!!!

Awaji Island foreigners 淡路島外人

Sailor moon~~~~pose!

Awaji Island instant noodle 淡路島インスタントフード

Instant noodle can save your life on the beach XD

Awaji Island sun bath淡路島日光浴

Quiet plssssss~ I wanna get tannnnnnnn

Awaji Island sea bath淡路島海水浴

Hey handsome~ can i have you number?

Awaji Island sea bath淡路島海水浴

I told you not to stalk me!!!

Awaji Island Watermelon game 淡路島スイカ割り

Before we break the watermelon!

Awaji Island Watermelon game 淡路島スイカ割り

Am i going to break the watermelon?????

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

OK I will finish this mess!

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

Sigh…it was close

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

Watch and learn !

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

OK I think I’m the last man standing

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

Aha! I made it!!! well almost ><

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

Why they couldn’t even break a watermelon? ish

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

Aha! I got it! Well It doesn’t look good but this is how we eat in Japan XD

Awaji Island breaking watermelon 淡路島スイカ割り

Bruno Mars is going to eat the watermelon!! lol

Awaji Island shops 淡路島店

Here you can buy/rent anything u need for beach activities 😀

Awaji Island shops 淡路島店

It reminds me of Malaysia TT

Awaji Island shops 淡路島店

Boss~ Char kway teow satu!

Awaji Island bye bye 淡路島

It’s time to change and go home~ mummy said there are something we can’t show in public ~

Shen Lim
A Chinese Malaysian, Blogger, Vlogger on YouTube, Tour Guide in Japan. He believes 1 day his videos can bring Japan and Malaysia together. マレーシア華人、ブロガー、YouTubeクリエイター、日本にいるツアーガイドです。いつか自分の動画は日本とマレーシアを繋げる架け橋になると信じています。 Read more ABOUT him.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Akina





    1. Leong Shen Lim


      知っていますか?私は。。。金づちなんですよ!笑今回の海水浴で特訓してきましたw ドイツ人のRominaさんを中心に、いろんな人に教えてもらってきました。やっと、簡単に泳げるようになりました!!haha 水泳のほかにも、テントの下で昼寝したり、いろいろ楽しいので、あきなさんもビーチに行ってみては?^^


      1. Akina

        金づち笑 その言葉を知ってることに驚きです(*´ェ`*)


        1. Leong Shen Lim



          一番大きな原因としては、マレーシアに綺麗な海は沢山ありますが、多くは観光リゾート地になっています。普通の近所にある海だったら汚い海が多いんです。リゾート地は大体都市から離れて、アクセスしにくいところですね。そこに行くなら宿泊なども考えないといけないので、団体旅行で行く場合が多いです。海が多いから毎日行けるでしょうとはいかないんですね。 ^^”

          バタフライをいつ習得できるんでしょうw 溺れないといいですけど ><

          1. Akina



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