Sarushima 'Monkey Island' Beach and BBQ Party

2018 July 7 (Saturday)

Yokosuka, Kanagawa

A summer day visit to one of Japan's most famous islands, Sarushima (Monkey Island)!

The island is Tokyo Bay’s only uninhabited island. There aren’t even any monkeys on it. The sea is clean and it has a thick forest, and great barbecue area. The Island is popular for swimming and has a wealth of history. It was once a fortress protecting Tokyo Bay and civilians where forbidden to set foot on the Island. Barracks and gun batteries still the remain on the Island to explore.

This event features;

  • Beach, swimming, and sun
  • BBQ party
  • Short and easy walk exploring historical and cultural sites
  • Beach volleyball (3:30pm-4:30)
  • A chance to get stuck on the island if you have too much of a good time and miss the last ferry 😉

Come join the fun in the sun!

Important note: *This event will be canceled if weather forecast is 60% (or more) chance of rain on the day!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet the group at Mikasa Pier at 10am
  • Get on the ferry
  • Chat with other members and get excited while enjoying the short ferry ride
  • Arrive on Sarushima island around 10:40am
  • Explore the island and visit historical and cultural sites (or just relax) while we're setting up the BBQ
  • Change into your swimming attire
  • Beach, sun, swim and BBQ party (12pm-4)
  • Clean our trash and the beach
  • Take a shower/change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the last ferry at 5pm
  • Go to izakaya or karaoke with people you've met on the event (Optional)

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Round-trip ferry fare
  • Sarushima park entry fee
  • Two (2) BBQ grills rental (one for meat/one for vegetables)
  • BBQ utensils and cutleries rental
  • Paper plates, cups, chopsticks, garbage bags, etc.
  • Big blue sheets
  • Volleyball and frisbee
  • Fun BBQ master 😉
  • Organizing fee
  • Chance to meet a lot of beach loving folks and make new friends

Not included;

  • BBQ food
  • Booze/drinks (Beers/chu-hi available for sale on the day)
  • Train transportation
Price: 3,000Yen
Maximum space: 80

Important notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Payment okay on the day!
  • Bring your own food and drinks
  • Mikasa Pier is about 12-15mins walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station (East Gate).
  • You can come an hour late if you want. We will have a staff waiting for you at Mikasa Pier until 11:15am.
  • The event will be canceled if there's a typhoon or weather forecast is 60% (or more) chance of rain on the day.
  • Free shower facilities available nearby.
  • You are resposible of your own belongings. Lockers available on the island for a FEE.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • BBQ food (meat, vegetables, etc.)
  • Booze/drinks
  • Handy cooler bag
  • Swimsuit or bikini
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Towels or leisure sheet
  • Beach stuff
  • Clothes appropriate to the weather
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

Useful Links

More about Sarushima island:

Where else can you find points of historical interest, some easy trekking, a BBQ and a beach all at the same time?

Sarushima ("Monkey Island") is the only natural island in Tokyo Bay and is a wonderful place for a day trip, particularly during the summer. It is located less than 2 km off the coast of Yokosuka, and can be reached by a 15 minute ferry ride from Mikasa Pier (next to Mikasa Park) that goes back and forth once an hour (check this website for the ferry's timetable).

During the summer, the main draw here is the beach. There's sand, there's ocean, and there's sun: that's more than enough for many people. It also benefits from having some nice views of the mainland and free shower facilities nearby. Lockers are also available for rental. That being said, the beach does suffer from some serious overcrowding during the prime season, and it not being a very big beach to begin with leaves precious little space for you and your group. Some parts of the shore also tends to be rocky and not pleasant at all for walking barefoot on.

Just next to the beach is a more than adequate BBQ area and picnic deck. The facilities here are quite nice. There is also a wide variety of equipment available for purchase or rent, including grills, tables, chairs and even umbrellas. These aren't cheap, however, and you would be better off financially by bringing your own supplies if you can.

The other end of the island is full of historical and cultural significance. Due to its position in Tokyo Bay, Sarushima has long been regarded as a strategic point of defense for the Japanese mainland. The island contains the ruins of militaristic fortifications from as far back as the Tokugawa shogunate (which lasted until the mid-1800's). Brick-lined tunnels and walls of fortresses still remain from generations past, though they are now overgrown with plants for a very neat atmosphere of walking through important places of times gone by.

Some simple pathways snake throughout the island, taking you from the beach area through the militaristic ruins, and then to the outer banks of the island. The walking contains some very, very mild trekking, suitable for children, and takes only about an hour to explore the whole island. Wooden walkways spread through the forest, leading to the far ends of the island which contain some beautiful cliffs and bluffs and scenic outlooks over the ocean. Sarushima is also a popular spot for fishing, and fishermen will often be found casting their lines into the ocean at their lucky points on different corners of the island.

As you explore, don't forget to keep an eye on your watch: the last ferry leaving Sarushima for the mainland leaves at an early-ish 17:00.