Bask in the last weeks of summer at Misawa’s Veedol Beach

Photos by Yoshihisa Morita
Photos by Yoshihisa Morita

Bask in the last weeks of summer at Misawa’s Veedol Beach

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

To get to one of Aomori Prefecture’s most popular beach spots, it is but a mere 30-minute drive from Misawa Air Base. Sabishiro Kaigan, also known as Misawa Veedol Beach, is a 250-meter-long and 300-meter-wide white beach named after a glorious piece of aviation history.

In 1931, an airplane called “Miss Veedol,” operated by Clyde Pangborn and his co-pilot Hugh Herndon, took off from the beach and completed a non-stop flight over the Pacific Ocean to Wenatchee, WA for the first time in history. To commemorate this historical flight, Misawa became sister cities with Wenatchee and East Wenatchee Cities in 1981 and 2001, respectively.

The historical location is open to beachgoers replete with showers, restroom facilities and on-duty lifeguards from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. You’ll also find a free, large parking lot while you’re there.

Nearby, don’t forget to check out the Tanesashi Kaigan, Samekado Lighthouse, Kabushima Shrine, Ashigezaki Observation Tower and Japan’s largest morning market. Check out the Hachinohe City webpage https://visithachinohe.com/en/ and learn about the area before you hit the beach!

 

Misawa Beedol Beach

Location: Hamadori, Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture

Open: July 12 – September 1

(Lifeguards are assigned between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. throughout the period)

URL: http://kite-misawa.com/misawa/misawa-veedol-beach/ (Japanese)

Tel: 0176-54-4870 (beach watchtower)

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