I stayed at the hotel with my Japanese partner for 3 days during our summer vacation.
I had traveled from Tokyo - Sendai - Tokyo -Mt Fuji- Izu (white Beach) - Tokyo by car.
I stay at a lot of hotels around Japan and overseas, my partner and I enjoyed the relaxed (freedom) break from city life and enjoyed may new dishes and the cooling clear ocean.
White Beach has a few different areas to relax or swim, one area on the left has swimmers only then body boards and then surfboards (mornings are best for short boards and in the afternoon the long boarders emerge.
The areas to the right have 2 smallish coves that are small enough and safe enough for small kids, these areas have no surfing or body boards.
White Beach has lifeguards and they are at the beach till 300 pm ~ 400 pm.
The hotel is very close to the beach.
At the end of the drive way of the hotel, cross the road, use the railed steps to go over the sea wall and you are on the beach for a full day of relaxing.
Heading back to the hotel for lunch or a few extra cold beers takes a few minutes.
Big beach towels you can use to relax on the beach with are supplied and are in your room, these are separate to the towels for the bathroom,
White Beach Hotel is an Eco hotel and changed the towels and made up the room every 3 days, if your towels are really in need of a change of course hotel staff will change them for you.
Previous comments here say they had to climb a sea wall, there is a sea wall in place for safety against tsunami, this sea wall has steps with rails and no climbing is required, small children might need a bit of help bit it is good that there is a separation from the beach to the road.
White Beach hotel is at the quieter end of the beach, great for families and couples looking for an un-intrusive stay, with no hotel staff constantly asking if they can help you (iyashaimasen) if you want to be waited on hand and foot this is not the place for you, but in saying that the staff will go out of their way to help you if you ask, this place lets you focus on relaxing with your family and partners at the beach or over a tasty dinner.
There is a beach rental gear shop close to the beach, seats, umbrellas, body boards and colorful animal flotation tubs of all shapes and sizes, great for the kids, I think the hotel had some that can be used for free, no reserving it is just first to get in the morning get them.
I took my own UV dome tent that I got from the Internet; I think it is a must if you intend to stay the whole day at the beach, the hotel does not supply these.
In the morning you can get a big breakfast with bacon egg, and all the trimmings like you get back home, that's what holidays are for though, a bit of indulgence or something simple.
A guest pizza chef from Tokyo comes to the hotel on the weekend to make his designer pizza's, unfortunately I was there midweek, next time I hope I get a chance, Pizza are available midweek and I actually thought that the chef from Tokyo was there because they were so good.
In the evening dinner is served outside on the balcony, the menu had something for everyone, from tasty pizza to a chicken dish that was my favorite.
A booking for diner is required, try do it when you book, there are a few other places up the road but it made sense to me to enjoy what was on offer and we were not disappointed.
I hit the bar one night and it was well stocked, the atmosphere was great with many international guests enjoying a few drinks after dinner and some parents enjoying a drink and some time alone after the kids had gone to bed.
If you are a light sleeper ask for a room away from the Balcony area but after a day at the beach and a hearty dinner washed down with a few great brews sleeping will not be a problem.
The weekends can get a bit noisy and it can go on a bit late at night, best to just join in and have a few nightcaps.
The staff serving dinner and at the bar can speak English; they are university students that are on their summer jobs, they are very nice and do their best to serve you.
A relaxed feeling was felt at the hotel, you could lounge outside, have a coffee or beer at the bar or at the tables inside.
International feel, my partner was the only Japanese person staying at one point.
Kids feel relaxed; they can speak English or Japanese to the staff, sliding doors in the foyer are set so that the doors are not easily opened by very young children, another nice safety feature.
Kids have a play ground (jungle gym)
Parking is available just ask the hotel staff when you book.
Eco friendly rooms, No fridge, phones or TV's in the rooms, I saw this as a great chance for a family or couple to have quality time together.
Room rates are great, I was surprised that it was half the rate of the hotel in Fuji I stayed at.
This is not a Japanese hotel, if you are looking for a hotel that has a spa, massage or in house activities then this is not the place for you.
WiFi is available free.
Rooms are Air-conditioned
This is in the country and close to the beach; there will be bugs but nothing to worry about just cover up at night if you go outside.
Because going to the beach every day is the main reason to stay at White Beach Hotel
Staying at the hotel all day is possible but with such a beautiful beach at your door step why would you.
The local conveyance store is not so close so get what you need before you get to the hotel.
All in all it was a refreshing change that made me feel like I truly had a holiday.
I will return sooner rather than later.
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