Shioashiya Beach: a photowalk before the rains come
The rainy season was on its way. In a few days, the forecast promised, we would experience a month long torrent of wind and rain. Days trapped inside, or daring to venture out if willing to be soaked.
Our plan was simple: head to the Shioashiya Beach. The sun was out, the temperature climbing and a light breeze offered a calm, bright day. It was about 30 minutes by car, and would make a change from our usual haunt of Okura.
Shioshiya Beach is tucked away on a corner of an artificial island. It, and the adjacent parkland, take up almost a quarter of the reclaimed land. The rest is residential housing, a couple of supermarkets and a marina. The latter is on my “list of places to go back to” at some point after the rains have passed.
There are plenty of these beaches dotted around Kobe, offering a place to escape from the bustle of city life. Many are quirks of flood defenses, or designed to create a suggestion of nature in an artificial environment. You’ll usually find a mix of families, couples and groups of friends wandering around or playing on the sand. Small “wind cheater” tents appear to be as essential to the Japanese as a bucket and spade is to the British.
We chose a seafront walk. The concrete flood defenses have become promenades to enjoy, offering views across Osaka Bay and the Inland Sea. There are busy docks all along the seafront, so expect to see the occasional ferry or container ship.
Getting to the beach is a bit of a trek without a car. That said, if lounging around on the sand is your thing, it’s worth a visit.
I’ll be going back when the rains end.
All photographs were taken on my Fujifilm X-T20 with a 35mm prime lens. Post production in Affinity Photo limited to crop/resize and watermark with my “cool blue” filter applied.