If you're a beach lover, you've probably already visited the seaside spots that aren't too far away from Tokyo. But besides Zushi, Kamakura and Enoshima – all of which can get really crowded at the height of summer – there are a few other options. They'll take a little longer to get to, but the views will be better and the sand will be less, well, volcanic.
Turn the journey into a weekend getaway with our advice on where to stay overnight, and pick up a bento along the way to keep hunger at bay. Most major train stations have ekiben (train bento box) stores that sell supercharged versions of the common lunchbox. If you're passing through Shinjuku Station, you'll find the ekiben near the south exit, while Tokyo Station's Ekibenya-Matsuri store is located just inside the ticket gates and stocks an array of about 170 different kinds of bento from all over Japan.