Written by Tiffany (GREATERTOKYO_Explorer)
Have Fun By The Seaside! A Day Trip Using The Hayama Excursion Ticket
Hayama is a laid-back seaside town south of Tokyo on the Miura Peninsula. Use the convenient Hayama Excursion Ticket to explore Hayama and enjoy great ocean views, excellent treats, and a beautiful sunset with Mt. Fuji on the horizon!
Hayama, A Charming Seaside Town near Tokyo
Located in Kanagawa, Hayama is a laid-back seaside town best known for being home to the Hayama Imperial Villa. The quaint, low-key vibe of this town makes it a favorite location for summer houses. It’s also close to Zushi Beach, which attracts many surfers, but still remains relatively quiet.
With the Hayama Excursion Ticket, you can spend an entire day taking in Hayama’s charms. If you depart from Shinagawa Station, for only 3,500 yen, you get round-trip transportation between Shinagawa Station and Shinzushi Station and a day’s worth of unlimited rides on Keikyu buses around the Zushi-Hayama area. The ticket also includes a meal coupon and a souvenir coupon. It’s a very good deal!
This itinerary will give you some ideas as to what to do in Hayama.
8:35 -- Buy the Hayama Excursion Ticket at Keikyu Shinagawa Station
Your seaside getaway starts at Shinagawa Station. A major station served by multiple lines, Shinagawa can be difficult to navigate and it’s often jam-packed during rush hour, so it’s best to arrive early. Head for the gates of the Keikyu Line, and buy your Hayama Excursion Ticket from the ticket office.
The Hayama Excursion Ticket consists of three tickets: the Train & Bus Ticket (A), a coupon for a meal of your choice called "Meal Selection Ticket" (B), and a coupon for a souvenir of your choice, the "Souvenir Selection Ticket" (C). The accompanying brochure shows a list of establishments where you can use coupons B and C.
Check the discount details and the list of participating stores on the official website: Hayama Excursion Ticket.
8:47 - 9:48 -- Taking the Train to Shinzushi Station
I used the Train & Bus Ticket to get to Shinzushi Station, the starting point of my Hayama trip. From Shinagawa Station, I took the Keikyu Main Line Limited Express, then, at Kanazawa-Bunko or Kanazawa-Hakkei, I switched to the Airport Express (also known as “Airport-Kyuko”), and arrived at Shinzushi Station.
Please note that depending on whether it's a weekend or a weekday, and on the time of the day, the train departure times and connections might differ.
Head for the stop right outside the south exit to board a bus bound for Isshiki-Kaigan. It departs from platform 2. The ride takes about 15 minutes. All you have to do is show your transportation pass (Hayama Excursion Ticket A) to the driver when getting off.
10:45 - 11:30 -- Hear the Sounds of the Sea at Hayama Shiosai Park
First on the itinerary is Hayama Shiosai Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Kanagawa. The park has historical value, as it was built on the grounds of the former Hayama Imperial Villa Annex.
Inside the park is the Hayama Shiosai Museum, which has an impressive exhibition of marine life. Many of the specimens on display are from the Emperor Showa's personal collection. The museum offers insights into the biodiversity of Hayama’s seaside and nearby Sagami Bay.
The tranquil Japanese-style garden is very beautiful and soothing.
Sit by the small waterfall called Fukei-no-Taki, or make your way to the pine grove, which faces Isshiki Beach, to listen to the waves crashing on the shore.
You can enjoy a bowl of matcha green tea and sweets for 500 yen at the tea room Ikkeian located within Hayama Shiosai Park.
12:00 -12:45 -- Morito Shrine - A Beautiful Shrine by the Ocean
Your next stop is Morito Shrine, a short bus ride or a 15-minute walk from Hayama Shiosai Park. This unique shrine by the sea has a reputation for being a “power spot” (a place of high spiritual energy) and a matchmaking shrine.
The floating torii (shrine gate) in the distance also belongs to Morito Shrine. From atop the shrine, you might see Mt. Fuji and Enoshima Island on a clear day.
Some of the lucky charms (omamori) and fortune slips (omikuji) offered at this shrine are sea-themed. Try pulling a koi shitai omikuji—love-themed fortune slips rolled up in fish-shaped containers. The name is a clever pun on "tai," the Japanese word for sea bream, which sounds the same as the verbal ending used to express that you want to do something. You’ll have to “fish” for these fortunes using tiny poles.
What fortune will you get? I got medium luck!
13:00 - 14:00 -- Enjoy the Bounty of the Sea at Uotora
Time for lunch! The Hayama Excursion Ticket includes a meal coupon, which is valid for a specific meal offered by a participating restaurant. For details, check the brochure or the official website.
I chose Uotora, a restaurant located just 15 minutes away on foot from Morito Shrine. This quaint seafood restaurant has been in business since the Meiji era (1868-1912). Despite the Western, nautical-themed fixtures, Uotora serves traditional Japanese dishes.
Lunchtime at Uotora is between 11:30 and 14:30. Here, the designated meal for Hayama Excursion Ticket holders is a generously portioned tempura-and-sashimi set—the best of what Uotora has to offer. The fish used for the sashimi varies daily. The tempura is crispy and simply delicious! If you’re looking for a filling Japanese meal, Uotora is a great choice.
14:23 - 14:45 -- Board a Bus to Kotsubo Seaside Park
After lunch, you can explore the area around Uotora. There are several fascinating—even quirky—shops around here, so you might want to take a peek. Just make sure you have enough time to get to the Motomachi bus stop, a two-minute walk from Uotora.
I boarded the 14:23 bus headed for Zushi Station, numbered Zu12 (逗12). After around eight minutes, I got off at Shin-Zushi Station and took the bus headed for Kamakura, the Kama40 (鎌40) bus. I got off at the Kotsubo bus stop, which was a nine-minute ride away. (*The bus departure schedule differs depending on the day of the week.)
14:45 - 15:15 -- Walk Down the Palm Tree-Lined Kotsubo Seaside Park
Kotsubo Seaside Park resembles the palm-lined beachfront avenues of sunny California. Within the vicinity, you’ll still see old-school shops and other little reminders that you’re in Japan, but the towering trees will definitely make you feel like you’re on the other side of the ocean.
The park leads to Riviera Marina, one of Japan’s finest marinas. With condominiums resembling Mediterranean seaside villas, a yacht harbor, and even more palm trees, this area resembles an upscale beachfront resort.
15:30 - 16:15 -- Coffee Time at Ron Herman Cafe
Picture courtesy of Ron Herman Cafe
The Hayama Excursion Ticket is valid at three establishments within the Riviera Zushi Marina, one of which is Ron Herman Cafe. Please check the details of the Hayama Excursion Ticket to see what are the other stores where ticket C can be used.
Ron Herman is a chain of trendy boutiques in southern California in the United States, and Japan is the only other country where you can find Ron Herman shops.
Picture courtesy of Ron Herman Cafe
Overlooking the harbor, Ron Herman Cafe’s Riviera Zushi Marina branch is known for its ocean view. Here, I used ticket C of the Hayama Excursion Ticket. This coupon can be used at participating stores in Hayama and Zushi to purchase souvenirs and snacks.
At Ron Herman Cafe, this coupon gets you a seasonal dessert and a drink. Delicious and lovely to behold, all the desserts on the menu are handmade with fresh, seasonal ingredients. During my visit, available desserts were mostly Western-style treats such as the panna cotta-like Tropical Verine, but there was also a Japanese-Western fusion: a matcha-and-wasanbon (Japanese sugar) muffin.
If time permits, take a walk around the Riviera Zushi Marina. The beautiful Ristorante AO, an Italian restaurant with a unique exterior, is a sight to behold.
17:00 - 17:30 -- Watch the Sunset at Zushi Beach
One of Japan’s famous beaches, Zushi Beach is known for its breathtaking sunset views. Feel the cool night breeze as you watch the sky come aglow just before day gives way to the night. If you’re lucky, you might even see Mt. Fuji on the horizon.
17:30 - 17:45—Back to Shinzushi Station and then to Shinagawa
You can continue admiring the sunset as you make your way back to Shinzushi Station, a 15-minute walk away from the beach.
From Shinzushi Station, take a train toward Shinagawa. Remember to change at Kanazawa-Bunko or Kanazawa-Hakkei to a train that takes you directly to Shinagawa.
We hope you have a great time in Hayama, the city of beautiful sunsets, excellent treats, and breathtaking ocean views!
Keikyu Shinagawa Station → Shinzushi Station → Hayama Shiosai Park → Morito Shrine → Lunch at Uotora → Kotsubo Seaside Park → Ron Herman Cafe → Zushi Beach → Shinzushi Station → Keikyu Shinagawa Station
Hayama Excursion Ticket: 3,500 yen (*This is the price of the ticket if you depart from Keikyu Shinagawa Station. The price differs depending on the departure point.)
Hayama Shiosai Park entrance fee: 300 yen
For information on other great places to visit south of Tokyo by the ocean using convenient travel tickets, please visit this website: http://www.haneda-tokyo-access.com/en/
The writer visited these facilities on October 17, 2019.
Supported by Keikyu Corporation International Tourism