Japan is home to numerous scenic sites, making it difficult to plan a vacation. One of the most overlooked spots is Chichibugahama Beach, which is known as “The Wonder of Japan.”
Chichibugahama Beach is in the town of Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture, which is south-west of Osaka.
The beautiful one-kilometer (0.6 miles) long beach is a popular summer swimming spot, but it’s picturesque during the off-season.
Chichibugahama Beach is home to wonderous sunsets that look ripped out of a Makoto Shinkai film. Shinkai is known for characters that are backlit by the shining beauty of nature at yellowy or blue sunsets and has used it in both Your Name and 5 Centimeters Per Second.
The key has to do with the tides.
Pools of shallow water form at various spots on the beach. Low tides and sunsets occur at the same time on certain days, which can lead to a mirroring effect during windless eves.
The backdrop is a romantic spot for tender photos and animesque portal shots that are commonly found in anime opening sequences.
Photos that are taken during the magic hour, which 30 minutes before and after sunset, can host a wonderful spectrum of colors.
Chichibugahama Beach is a bit of a detour, making it more popular among locals. The closest train station is the Takuma Station, which is a 40-minute ride to Takamatsu. A bus will take you to Chichibugahama and then it’s a short walk to the otherworldly beach.
It’s not the standard spot for foreign tourists, but Chichibugahama Beach can be a great change of pace for travelers looking for a local fare.
Images via Mitoyo Kanko