Driving on Beach: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

Buenos dias. Senor Wada aqui…sup? A continuation of our trip in the Hokuriku region and this time I’ll show you around Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Ishikawa Prefecture. It’s about an hour from Kanazawa City I shared in the previous post.

City of Gold, Kanazawa City


About Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is one of very few beaches in the world where you can drive. As far as I know this includes Daytona Beach in the US, Waitarere Beach in New Zealand, and this Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Japan. It is said that each piece of the sand on these beaches is equally small and hardens well as mixed with sea water, so vehicles wouldn’t sink into the sand.
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Driving on Beach!

Here we are. Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is about 8km long. Many people (perhaps local residents) seem to gather for swimming and BBQ-ing. Some areas near the entrance looked very busy but the further we went, the quieter it got.


OK, let’s take a stop here and look around.

chirihama nagisa driveway

There are BBQ places like every 100 meters. Let’s go check what this place’s got.


Seems that lady handles this store by herself. I asked her to get me seafood from this sea.


Grilled clam (huge!)


Shellfish on stick.


After having those yummy seafood, we had a little bit more drive before leaving the beach. Check a video out from our Instagram page (it’s a little shaky as we drove onto the beach).



So, how was it? To be frank I was a bit worried first if the sand would affect our car something. However, it’s been quite alright! Driving on the beach was a nice and new experience anyway.

See you around!


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