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This Idyllic Beach Has a Shiny Secret

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If you’re planning a trip to Nagasaki on Japan's southwestern island, Kyushu, you may want to include a stop at this nameless beach in Omura City. You won't find a typical coastline, but a glimmering rainbow beach made entirely from sanded glass.

The beach is part of Morizono Park, which has a lovely view of Omura Bay. There’s a sea wall between the park and the beach, but the shore is accessible via a small flight of stairs. From afar it looks quite ordinary, but once you get up close it’s a totally different picture! The dazzlingly colorful pebbles are made from recycled glass, and their edges are rounded like sea glass so it’s safe to touch and walk on.


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The only downside is that there’s no swimming allowed. That’s probably because Omura City is working on restoring the water of the bay, including the beach, which didn't always exist! A rocky outcropping often covered with algae was once in its place, but because the algae’s decomposition—especially in summer—was so smelly and pervasive as it washed across the bay, they created this beach out of pulverized glass in order to prevent it from growing.

It seems to have helped with the smell and it’s created a beautiful aesthetic, so it’s a win-win for Omura City! Plus, just inland of the beach there is a nice grassy field dotted with palm trees, likely used by families for barbecuing and picnics on weekends and holidays in warmer months. This is the main part of Morizono Park, and a lovely place to stop for lunch with a bento.

If you visit Nagasaki, we recommend that you rent a private island, and have this beach on your list of things to see while touring and eating your way through this beautiful, historic coastal prefecture. You can even stop in on your way to or from the airport, since it can be accessed right from the airport road!

For more information including the address of the park, be sure to click on the full story below from Sora News 24.

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