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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Utsumi

内海、知多半島

Utsumi on the south west coast of the Chita Peninsula, south of Nagoya city, is probably the best of the resort beaches on the Chita Peninsula facing Ise Bay.

Utsumi, Chita Peninsula, Aichi Prefecture

Easily reached by Meitetsu train on the Meitetsu Chita Shinsen Line from either Nagoya Station or Kanayama, Utsumi offers an onsen (Shiratsune Onsen; 1000 yen entry for adults), some fine white sandy beaches (Chidorigahama Beach is about one and a half kilometers long), good swimming in summer and even a bit of decent snorkelling just off the beach, though be careful of jellyfish late in the season and especially after it has rained.

The 15 minute walk from Utsumi Station to the beach (if you take the back roads along the river) is pleasant, and out of season the town has a tranquil, peaceful air.

Utsumi seafront

Iwajiri Temple, near Utsumi, is also worth a visit and has a number of Buddhist "Important Cultural Properties".

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