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Tue, Jun. 16, 2015 Shonan: Living the slow life on the coast
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Shonan area lies on the coast of Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, just to the south of Tokyo. Since ancient times, fishermen have lived along this coast, and there are still many fishing ports to be found. From the late 19th century, the area became a popular location for city people to set up holiday villas. And since the 1970s, it has become a center for surfing and youth culture.

Evan Burkosky is from Canada. He has been surfing for 20 years. On this edition of Journeys in Japan, Evan visits the Shonan area. He rides the waves, he goes out with fishermen, and he gets to taste the good life, down on the coast.

The oldest surf shop in Shonan. The owner is a surfing legend in this area.
Address: 3-9-20 Nakakaigan, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Pref.
Tel: (+81)467-86-1173
Open: 9 am to 7 pm (winter 10 am to 6 pm)
This café is a longtime favorite among the local people, because it reflects the laidback lifestyle of the Shonan surfing culture.
Address: 2-11-15 Higashikaigan-Minami, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Pref.
Tel: (+81)467-87-0771
Open: Café 11:30 am to 11 pm; Shop 10 am to 7 pm
This traditional inn was established 116 years ago.
Address: 3-8-5 Nakakaigan, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Pref.
Tel: (+81)467-82-2003
Hamano Suisan
Hamano Suisan
This shop sells whitebait caught fresh each morning.
Address: 1-1-5 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Tel: (+81)466-22-5931
Open: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Chigasaki is the gateway to Shonan. From Tokyo, there are direct trains from Shibuya Station on the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line. It takes about an hour. The beach is a 15-minute walk from Chigasaki Station.
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Traveler: Evan Burkosky > More Info


Occupation:Digital Marketing

Length of residence in Japan:12 years

Reason of coming to Japan:
Since I was a child my family has had a strong connection with Japan. We're a fishing family that has always sold a large part of our catch to Japan, and we share the same ocean from opposite shores.

Like many Tokyoites I'd driven through Shonan on day trips, but I never realized the full scope of the area, the many things to do and see here, and its rich culture, until I took the time to stop and explore it for myself. After visiting I've realized that it's a place one could easily spend a lifetime, and I see why so many people choose to relocate here to enjoy their dream lifestyle.

I found my time here to be very relaxing, and a great escape from the busy city life of Tokyo. I can't wait to come back to visit again soon!

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