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Weekday Beaching

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 28, 2016

Saturday, July 9th – Sunday July 10th & Wednesday, July 27th – Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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There’s almost no one here.

Weekdays Are the Best

The summer has started once again and Mark and I still don’t have an air conditioner in our apartment. Every year we think about buying one and every year we decide not to. We travel or go camping during the summer, so it’s not worth it.

Mark and his decapitated fish

I like going to the beach to swim or read a book on shore. I enjoy camping and being outdoors while still being very comfortable. Mark likes going to the beach to do some spare fishing. He tries to catch about 2 or 3 fish each day.

No one to play volleyball with

The beach was amazingly quite the first weekend we went there this year. The summer had just begun, yet our tent was the only one in the free camping area. Everyone else was in the auto-camping section which costs about 3,500 Yen per night.

Mark and I wondered where everyone was. This is a very popular beach. “Why wasn’t anyone here?” We didn’t want company; we just wondered where the crowds were.

We went back to Iwami Kaihin Park a few weeks later on a Wednesday. Still, not many people were at the beach. There were more campers around us, but not too much. It was calm and relaxing.

All this for just Mark and me?


On Friday evening tents started going up all around us. Our once lonely area was filled with other campers. Next to us was a group of college kids. They brought with them several kegs of beer.

They partied the night away. They talked very loudly, but since they didn’t play any music it wasn’t too bad. I could have slept through their loud talking, but not their laughing. There were a couple of women in their group that cackled. It was a loud irksome laugh that is especially annoying when you don’t know what the joke is.

Throughout the night I would fall asleep only to be yanked awake by this maniacal laughter. It was very disturbing.


The next day, around the same time the kids showed up the day before, a group of Americans were looking for a spot. They wedge themselves between us and the college kids. They talked quite loudly too. But I was glad they showed up, since they intimidated the young Japanese college kids.

Saturday night the college kids were quiet and went to bed very early. I laid in my tent listening to the Americans talk about non-sense and fell asleep. Then in the middle of the night I heard, “You’re ruining my life! I wish I could smack you!”

The Americans were drunk and one couple from their party was having a huge drunken fight. I could hear someone hitting the ground and then, “Should we help him up?”

“No. Let him sleep there if he wants to hit me.”

The night continued with this couple yelling at each other back and forth. Each listing the illogical reasons why the other is the cause of their unhappiness. I wanted to yell, “Get a divorce and go to bed,” but I thought it would be best not to get anything started with drunk strangers.

The next morning Mark and I packed up our stuff and went home vowing to only return during the work week.

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How to get there:

You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.

Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.







  • Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan.  Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
  • International ATMs are really hard to find; more so if you aren’t in a big city. Many places in Japan do not use credit cards. Take cash and call your bank to ask what ATMs or banks in Japan will work with your cash card.
    • ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
    • The Post Office bank seems to work with the most international cards.
  • You can get a Japan Railway, pass which saves you a lot of money on the trains, but you can only buy it before you get to Japan and you cannot be a resident of Japan. (I don’t have more information about it because I’ve only ever lived in Japan; I’ve never been a tourist here.)

Iwami Kaihin Park

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°57’04.7″N 132°07’05.1″E


〒697-0003 島根県浜田市国分町

Shimane-ken, Hamada-shi, Koku-buncho 1644-1





  • Entrance fee – (There was a fee we had to pay. I don’t remember now it if was an entrance fee or just a parking fee. I think it was about 1,000 – 1,500 Yen for both Mark and me or for the car.)
  • If you enter the park before 8:30 or after 17:30 there is not to collect your money and therefore entrance in free.
    • If you are camping, make  sure to get in by 18:30 your first night so you can register.
  • Coin shower – 200 yen

Activities:  Register at the beach (Hours 9:00 to 17:00)

  • Banana Boat – 1,000 Yen
    • must be 6 or older
    • 10 minutes
  • Jet Ski – 2,500 Yen
    • must be 6 or older
    • passengers only
    • 10 minutes
  • Wake Board – 3,500
    • must be 12 or older
    • 20 minutes
  • Snorkeling with Guide – 4,500 yen
    • must be 6 or older
    • 90 minutes
    • 10:00 – 16:30
  • Scrambler – 1,00 Yen per person
    • must be 6 or older
    • 4 people max
    • 10 minutes
  • Life-Saving Junior Program – 1,000 Yen
    • elementary and junior high school students
    • 60 minutes
    • 5 people

Auto Camping: Open year round and all holidays

  • Over night camping
    • Bring your own tent – 3,830 Yen
    • 3 pm to 2 pm the next day
    • Renting a permanent tent – 6,440 Yen
    • electricity – 510 Yen
  • Day Camping
    • Bring your own tent – 1,910 Yen
    • 10:00 to 14:00
    • must have revelations at least a day in advanced
    • Renting a permanent tent – 3,110 Yen
    • electricity – 250 Yen
  • Over Night Cabin
    • 16:00 to 10:00 the next day
    • Small  (2 – 3 people) – 3,280 yen
    • Medium (4 – 5 people) – 3,860 yen
    • Large (6 – 7 people) – 5,920 yen
    • electricity – 510 Yen
    • bring your own bedding, pots, dishes, etc
  • Day Cabin
    • 11:00 to 15:00
    • must have revelations at least a day in advanced
    • Small (2 – 3 people) – 250 yen
    • Medium-sized (4 – 5 people) – 310 yen
    • Large (6 – 7 people) – 500 yen
    • electricity – 250 Yen
    • bring your own bedding, pots, dishes, etc

Non-Auto/ Free Camping:

  • Here’s a map of the free camping.
    • Free as in it costs 0 Yen.
  • All you need to do is register on the day you get there.
    • When you register you can pick up free trash bags for your burnables, plastic, and food trash.
  • You cannot reserve a camping spot.
  • Make  sure to get in by 18:30 your first night so you can register.


  • The office closes at 18:30, but the park itself never closes.


  • Facilities – Restrooms, showers, cabins, auto-camping, free camping, communal kitchen, beach.
  • There are lots of paid showers throughout the park.
    • They are generally 2 minutes for 200 Yen.
    • The showers by the auto-camping, the showers are 5 minutes for 200 Yen. These showers are cleaner and generally better.
  • There is an aquarium nearby.
    • adult 1540 yen
    • 9:00-17:00 Closed Tuesdays
    • free parking
  • Beach map



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