Okoshiki Beach – Kumamoto | Travel Information

Okoshiki beach, in the town of Uto, Kumamoto Prefecture is one of the most picturesque beaches in Japan. Most popular at low tide sunsets, Okoshiki Beach is a tidal beach which creates a unique pattern along the beach which changes on a daily basis. There are only a limited amount of days where the sunset coincides with the low tides to create the perfect viewing conditions, so photographers from all over often scramble to get to Okoshiki Beach to capture the perfect shot.

The patterns are created by the ocean water flowing back at low tide. The beach is extremely flat, and the flatness is what creates the conditions to have little sandbars created as the water recedes, leaving sections of moist sand which glisten as the sun sets.