The long, broad Ensunada coastline from Lake Hamana to Cape Irago on the Atsumi Peninsula is called Omotehama. The coastline at Ikobe forms a part of Omotehama, and on a clear day the beach here is a splendid location from which to survey Hamana Ohashi and Tahara. A magnificent landscape is created by the steep cliff called 'Kaishokugai', a product of erosion by the rough waves, rising up along the coastline in stark contrast to the calm sands of the beach. The fantastical atmosphere created by a mixture of the sandy beach, the sea and the sky, all lit by the rising sun, is a special treat which can only be enjoyed in early morning.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
To enjoy the fantastic sunrise scenery, arrive at the beach early in the morning, while it is still dark. The water may look calm, but bathing in the sea is strictly prohibited on account of dangerous rolling waves called "uto" which can drag swimmers down to the bottom. The high waves make this a popular spot for surfers, and they come in droves in the warmer months, so to enjoy calm scenery, avoid visiting in summer.
The pleasure of travel: Ikobe Beach
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updated on Mar 31, 2015