Kirarahama Prefectural Nature Observation Park

A beach in Yamaguchi Expo-Memorial Park

A beach in Yamaguchi Expo-Memorial Park

Kirarahama or Kirara beach is a recreational beach located in Yamaguchi Prefecture about an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half drive Southwest from Iwakuni. The Kirara Memorial Park is the encompassing complex that houses not only the beach, but also tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, an indoor gym and pool, a soccer/rugby field, a multipurpose ground (dome), various childrens playgrounds and jungle gyms, an outdoor pool, and a few holes of golf as well. All of these are available for reservation either via phone or email. The beach itself is beautiful and is free of charge for entry. It is named Kirara beach because ‘kirakira’ means sparkling in Japanese which explains the appearance of the beach that sparkles in the sunlight. Because it is not an often visited site, there are not too many people and you can enjoy the beach and the park grounds very casually and with comfort. The entire complex is actually surrounded by water except for the entrance inlet and thus you can walk along the coast around the entire complex. Additionally there is a glass-making factory and a number of restaurants on the man-made complex. Parking is plentiful and free. Kirara Memorial Complex was also home to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in 2015.

There is plenty of parking available around the restaurant at any of the coin parking lots littered around the downtown area. The restaurant is located just across from a coin parking lot, close to the 711 closest to the downtown train station.