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Tsunoshima

An iconic summer drive leads across Japan’s second-longest bridge to a natural paradise of undeveloped beaches and clear blue water

Nothing gives you that summer feeling quite like cruising over azure blue ocean, which is exactly how you’ll make your way to this lovely sub-tropical island. The bridge which connects it to the mainland is the second longest in the country at 1780m long.

The island itself is home to the Amagase Forest Park, one of Japan’s first lighthouses, and plenty of nice coastline for swimmers and sunbathers. In fact, much of the beaches and other natural sites are left uncrowded evening the summer months, as a good amount of the visitors come just to drive the bridge. If you stay a little longer, you’ll be able to find your own little parcel of paradise for the day.

If you’re struggling to figure out where to look, Shiokaze Cobalt Blue Beach is a safe bet. It benefits from white sands and plenty of wide open space. In the same area you’ll find Shiokaze-no-Sato Tsunoshima, a shop dedicated to local produce and souvenirs.

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