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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Japan

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Imagine : 4 big islands and 3 300 smaller islands just in the Pacific. Yes , Japan is an underrated country for surfing. Typhoons season sends beautiful swells from June until October. The real problem in Japan is that life is very expensive.

World class reef breaks around Okinawa.World class rivermouthes around Shikoku (Kaifu, Yasuda, Monobe) and Kyushu)

Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula
Geographic coordinates: 36° 0' N, 138° 0' E
Coastline km: 29,751 km km
Climate: varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north
Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous
Elevation: lowest point: Hachiro-gata -4 m highest point: Mount Fuji 3,776 m
Natural hazards: many dormant and some active volcanoes; about 1,500 seismic occurrences (mostly tremors) every year; tsunamis; typhoons
Currency: yen (JPY)
Population: 127,463,611 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Japanese
Capital: Tokyo
Divisions: 47 prefectures; Aichi, Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Ehime, Fukui, Fukuoka, Fukushima, Gifu, Gunma, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Ibaraki, Ishikawa, Iwate, Kagawa, Kagoshima, Kanagawa, Kochi, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Mie, Miyagi, Miyazaki, Nagano, Nagasaki, Nara, Niigata, Oita, Okayama, Okinawa, Osaka, Saga, Saitama, Shiga, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Tokushima, Tokyo, Tottori, Toyama, Wakayama, Yamagata, Yamaguchi, Yamanashi

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Seasons
Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
Best Surfing Season
Typical Swell Size
Surf Equipment Traje de neopreno para surf (springsuit) Calzones Calzones de surf Calzones de surf Calzones Traje Fullsuit
Water temp. 13°C
55°F
18°C
64°F
23°C
73°F
25°C
77°F
20°C
68°F
11°C
52°F
Air temp. 17°C
63°F
20°C
68°F
25°C
77°F
33°C
91°F
23°C
73°F
8°C
46°F
Climate

Seasonal swell & wind variations

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Zones

Zones (9) Surf Spots Sub zones
Okinawa 12 0
Kanagawa & Chiba 24 0
Izu Islands 9 0
Kii Hanto 8 0
Shizuoka 20 0
Shikoku 30 0
Kyushu 66 1
West Coast 15 0
Tohoku 5 0

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Surf Spots

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 Last surf sessions

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Tokumitsu
De yann
12 août 2014
My first artificial reef - Woke up at 5 am. I went to Ataka without any hope. But a post typhoon swell was here, no wind. Ataka didn't work but someone else should work. I decide to go to Kanazawa Harbour. I took the higway and, at the Service Area of Tokomitsu, I remenb
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Shibagaki
De yann
11 août 2014
Fail ! - Un nouveau typon, "Halong, remonte par le sud du Japon. Il touche Okinawa et a été particulièrement destructeur du côté de Kyushu et surtout de Shikoku (Kochi). Je le piste car il doit normalement passer &agra
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Koigaoura
De yann
26 juil. 2014
Paradisiac beach breach - C'est une des dernières plages du sud de Kyushu. Elle est magnifique et bordée de palmiers. C'est très rural et l'atmosphère est calme, détendue : on se sent vraiment dans les îles. Malheureus
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Ibii
De yann
24 juil. 2014
Sea, small and sun - Wonderful wave for longboard: small but it breaks regularly at a small rivermouth. I have seen old surfers and females. A good afternoon !
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Umegahama rivermouth
De yann
24 juil. 2014
Good rivermouth - Je réside sur des spots prenant les houles de sud est mais la houle est plein sud. Cela ne va pas le faire. Départ à 4h du matin, je trace de nuit plein sud pour aller tester les pépites et notamme la gauche Oura, un
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 Last surf trips

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Trip: Japan, Shikoku, 2010
By yann
From Jul 30, 2010 to Aug 27, 2010
Here again, I went to Japan. We have prepared a trip in the best part of Japan for surfing: Shikoku. This area has the best rivermouth spots of Japan. It needs a typhoon swell to work.
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Trip: West Japan, summer 2008
By yann
From Aug 4, 2008 to Aug 24, 2008
I went to Japan with all my family to see my wife's family. It was not really a surf trip. But I brought an old surfboard with me (6'2'' rusty) in case of waves. I will let this board in Japan. We are on the west coast of Japan whic
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Trip: Biscarrosse
By yann
From Apr 25, 2008 to May 3, 2008
I went to Biscarosse for my Holidays. I didn't expected much surf as the weather forecast seemed bad. But it has been pretty good except 3 days. I get some excellent sessions on excellent sandbanks.
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Trip: Onjuku, Chiba-ken, Japon
By raidako
From Mar 12, 2007 to Jun 15, 2007
Viatge a Onjuku, Japon. Per ieu lo primièr surf trip de ma vida. Decidiguèri de me'n anar 3 setmanas per èsser segur d'aprene, de prene ma volada. Voliái escriure lo nom del viatge en japonés aic&ia
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Trip: Japan 2006
By yann
From Jul 31, 2006 to Aug 18, 2006
Check my blog to read this trip My Trip in Japan
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By Anonymous , 26-05-2011

surf caddies - if you know any japanese surfers who might be going to bali or surrounding islands, could you please let them know it is very UNCOOL to pay a local guide to start fights in the surf so they can get waves to themselves. the caddies are also paid to sit inside of everyone and call the other surfers off so their clients can catch the waves. the japanese visitors to indonesia are getting a really bad name with other surfers for this reason. pass this on an hopefully stop this practice before something bad happens. regards kim

By Anonymous , 12-08-2010

who cares - so sad i've lived and surfed in japan for the last 20 years and the surf is epic for all those kooks that havent had good waves there suck shit kaifu nyodo nakamura and everything in between just about to hit the islands with a few crew from oz guaranteed epic waves and no hassles chargin will send some photos

By fresh , 22-01-2008

surfing in hokkaido - whats the surf like up there?

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