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By on July 31, 2012
Tomari Beach (Shikinejima)
One of seven islands in the Izu peninsula, Shikinejima is located 160 kilometers south of Tokyo.   It is known for its small charming coves, surrounding cliffs, white sand beach and turquoise water.  The fastest way to travel to the island is by Jet Foil (approx 2 hours) or  high speed jet ferry from Takeshiba Pier, north side of Hamamatsucho station by JR lines.  (Aug. fare ¥10,990/one way per person).   A cheaper option is to take the overnight ferry  ¥7,650/one way per person (Aug. fare) but travel time is longer.  Check departure dates and fares.

Maehama Beach/Habushi Beach (Niijima Island)

Niijima Island is 3 kilometers away from Shikinejima. It’s a popular area for surfing and swimming.  A large outdoor bath, Yunohama onsen is another attraction close by the Yunohama beach.  Check departure dates and fares.

Shonan Beach/ East Side (Enoshima)
A popular beach destination in summer, it takes only about an hour from Shinjuku to Fujisawa by Odakyu Romance car and then change train to Enoden up to Enoshima. Get the Enoshima Kamakura Pass (¥1,430) for a round trip fare from Shinjuku and multiple use of Enoden for a day.  No white sand, water is not crystal blue but decent enough for a lazy day at the beach.

Complete with a boardwalk connecting the beach to the park, Odaiba beach is the closest place to swim and play.   Odaiba’s artificial beach is in Minato–ku and is roughly 2.4 kms long.  Take note:  the place gets very crowded in the month of August.   If you plan to visit, make sure you start early.   1-4-1 Daiba Minato-ku, Tokyo

How to get there:  Take Yurikamome line from Shimbashi station.  Get off at Odaiba-Kaihinkoen station. Tel. 03-5531-0851

Kamakura is less than an hour’s drive from Tokyo but if you are going by train,  take the JR Yokosuka line from Tokyo station (¥890/one way).  The same train stops at Shinagawa and Yokohama stations.  The largest beach in the Kamakura area is Zaimokusa where you can see surf-boarders in summer. Another scenic beach spot is the Shichirigahama.
Chigasaki is where you can find a big number of surfers on weekends.  A part of the Shonan region, Enoshima lies to the east of it, Mount Fuji to the west.  To go to Chigasaki from Tokyo by train take the Tokaido Line and get off at  Chigasaki station. From the Chigasaki station you can can take a bus to the sea side or walk (2 km). If you are going by car,  there is a car park close to the harbor directly on the kite beach.  Take note! The car park is chain locked after 5pm.

Modern Tuscan Cuisine fair at the Shangri-la
Michelin star restaurant Ora d’Aria’s owner, Chef Marco Stabile, together with Chef de Cuisine Paolo Pelosi, showcase Modern Tuscan Cuisine at Piacere, Shangri-la Hotel from July 30 until August 5, 2012.   Four-course weekday lunch 5,700 yen plus 13% service charge,  August 4 and 5 weekend lunch  (Five-course by Chef Marco)  ¥6,500 plus 13% service charge,   5,700 yen (Four-course by Chef Paolo),  Gala Dinner Aug 3 (Seven-course)  ¥25,000 plus 13% service charge, Dinner except Aug. 3   Chef Marco’s six-course dinner ¥15,000 plus 13% service charge, and Collaboration seven-course dinner ¥20,000 plus 13% service charge.

Reservation: Tel 03-6739-7878

Summer Camp at Apple
Apple Japan is hosting a 3-day summer camp for kids, ages 8-12 at its Ginza and Shibuya stores, free of charge.  In three days, they will be taught how to use the iMovie, shoot a video, and create audio using the Garage Band for iPad.  Dates Aug 6 -25, 2012   Workshop is only in Japanese.  To reserve a place, go to

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