Zushi () is a small city in Kanagawa, Japan about an hour by train south of Tokyo. It is often visited for its beach, marina, and summer events. Though it has a few historic temples and similar scenery to neighboring Kamakura, it gets much fewer tourists.
Keihin Kyuko line from Shinagawa to Shinzushi station(47 min);
Shonan Shinjuku line from Shinjuku (59 min). (be careful, only some of the Shonan Shinjuku line trains go to Zushi, others go to Odawara)
Ganden-jiaddress: Hisagi, ５丁目７−１１ 観音堂Number 2 in a series of temples, Bandō Sanjūsankasho, dedicated to the Goddess Kannon. Ganden-ji was founded in the year 721 and is surrounded by green hills.
Hiroyama ParkPanoramic view of Sea (Sagami Bay) and mountains around the area, including Mt. Fuji. There is a mini-zoo, with monkeys and small animals (free), and a small playground. There is also a hiking course from the north end of the beach (ask locals).
Hisagi Ooike ParkA pond is surrounded by lush greenery and is a haven for water plants and wild birds.
Jinmuji Templeaddress: ２丁目-１４０２ NumamaAnother old temple (year 724), surrounded by lush hills. There are many nice hiking courses nearby.
Kotsubosmall fishing village with views of Mount Fuji and summer Ayu Festival
Osaki ParkA similar view to Hiroyama Koen, but further away with fewer facilities. Fewer visitors come here.
Zushi BeachA crescent-shaped beach about a couple kilometers long. Mt. Fuji is visible on a clear day from the south end of the beach. Has a pleasant atmosphere in the off-season with people flying kites, walking their dogs, or windsurfing in the bay. In the summer (the end of June-the end of August), it becomes a swimming beach and is a host to a number of beach houses, which feature food and drinks, live music, and more.
- Festivals: Zushi Coast Yabusame (Horseback Archery)/Zushi Yabusame Warrior Procession
- Swimming at the beach
- Windsurfing, boating, and sea kayaking - The bay is relatively shallow and calm, making a haven for wind surfers.
- Shokusaido, 249-0006 Kanagawa-ken, Zushi-shi, Zushi 5-7-6, Phone 046-871-7585. Hours: 5PM-12AM Closed Thursdays. Japanese, western. No English spoken. Price: 1000Y-2000Y entree.
- Lanterna Rossa, Kanagawa-ken, Zushi-shi, Zushi 6-5-9, 0468 72-2045. 12PM-3PM and 6PM-midnight. Italian Wine bar. Serves snacks (cured meats) and wine. Wines expensive.
Napoli Pizzeria CantinaKanagawa-ken Zushi-shi, Shinjuku 1-3-15, 046-870-6440. 11AM-11PM. Large Italian restaurant with ocean and Fuji views. Pizza is made in a wood stove (specialty is Quattro Formaggi). Lunch sets are much cheaper than dinner and served quite late.
address: 1-5-14 Shinjuku Zushi Kanagawa Japan #249-0007Set in a small old Japanese house with a nice atmosphere, it has a different chef everyday of the week serving meals (Japanese, Italian, Indian) with fresh ingredients. Lunches are usually about 1,000yen. Other times of the day, they play films (documentaries or art films) for 1,500, including a drink.
Katsu’s Restaurant and BarSeafood. No English. Entrees around 3000Y.
From late June to August, the beach is filled with various beach houses and bars, with various themes and music.