02 Aug 2017 in On The Move
Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a first-timer, discover our guide to the best spots to catch the swell in Japan.
Want to ride the best waves in Japan? Then plan your trip between May and November, when seasonal typhoons turn the sea into a surfer’s paradise.
Outside this period, you’ll still find plenty of decent waves, as the Japanese archipelago is constantly exposed to swells – especially on the east coast.
Izu peninsula: beach and reef breaks for everyone
The coastal city of Atami is best known for its art museum and as an ocean getaway for Tokyoites – but just nearby, there’s a prime spot for surf debutants: Yugawara beach, where the swell is gentle enough for beginners to build their confidence.
Photo Credits : shonanboy
Just 10 minutes away by car or train, Hoshino Resorts KAI Atami is the perfect choice for post-surf relaxation, offering ocean views from its open-air hot spring baths.
Further south, there are surf spots aplenty for all levels, with the tip of the peninsula in Shimoda providing the most reliable waves.
Need a base to explore the area?
Kugenuma Beach: from beginner to pro
The black sand beach break of Kugenuma is the closest spot to Tokyo – and it’s well worth the trip just to soak up the Japanese-style surf atmosphere!
There are surf shops aplenty in town and surf schools offering lessons for beginners – while experts can ride the big waves that surge up with satisfying regularity.
It also boasts one of the best beach views: Mount Fuji is omnipresent as you look back towards dry land!
Sakawa river: tubular waves
One of the most spectacular spots in Japan, this rivermouth wave is known for its world-class tubes and crystal-clear water.
Experienced surfers can spend the whole day riding the curve of breaking waves.
And to set you on your way, here’s a quick guide to Japanese surfing lingo:
Surfboard: Sarfuboardo or “Ita”