I didn't get to go the beach as often as my record high last year. I went "only" eight times this year. At least I didn't get the massive jellyfish stings from the previous Summer season.
I got a tipoff about a picturesque place located not too far from my favourite beach.
This one's called Morito beach. Because it requires a bus from the train station, it's a much more relaxed affair than Zushi's crowds. Being past the end of "swimming season" (end of August), is another reason the beach was practically deserted. Except for a photo shoot that was a nice extra surprise. Thank you.. really.
There are two parts to the beach split by a shrine. The first part is a fairly small patch of beach with a nice little man-made "jetty" made of blocks. The water was pretty clear. I could see quite a lot of fish and baby crabs scurrying along the wet blocks.
Just around the corner I was surprised by a nice stone beach which looked even better. In the distance there's a "floating" torii gate. Here the water was clear enough for some decent snorkeling. I wish I'd brought my mask!
With a slight fear brought on by last year's "attack" I stayed close to the shallows in my inflatable ring with a nicely balanced chu-hi to relax comfortably.
This is definitely one secret beach worth coming back to. I hope it stays this way. In the evening it was possible to see Mt Fuji.