There is a huge surfing community in Japan, which is easy to believe when you consider it is an island nation surrounded by the Pacific Ocean! Wave-hunters will find plenty of action without having to travel too far from major cities, too.

Kujukuri-hama beach isn’t far from Tokyo’s neighbouring Chiba prefecture, with a rare 66 km kilometre coastline. The lack of reefs on Kujukuri-hama makes for some consistent and powerful beach breaks. Kamakura in Kanagawa is another beach also close to Tokyo and is quite popular due to its accessibility.

Those looking for a dedicated Japanese surf safari can island hop across Okinawa, a chain of 160 islands scattered between Kyushu and Taiwan. The subtropical climate brings warmer weather and makes Okinawa the perfect place to enjoy many water sports, including surfing.

A little closer to the main attractions of Japan is Kochi prefecture, in the south of Shikoku island. Kochi is well-known for its sandy beaches and powerful waves. Most of the best surfing spots can be accessed by driving along the famed Route 55.

Finally, Miyazaki prefecture spans the east coast of Kyushu island and is home to quite a few good surfing spots. Follow the Nichinan coastline to the south of Miyazaki city or head north to Hyuga and Nobeoka. Surfing