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Latitude: 34° 21.299' N
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From Shimonoseki city drive north along route 191 for approx 1 hour. This is a coastal road and the drive itself is quite nice esp. at sunset as the road goes N-S and gives spectacular views west of the Japan sea. Look for a sign to Nishi nagato and Tsunoshima Island. Take this left turn onto route 275 and eventually this smaller road will take you past some other popular bathing beaches (Doigahama and nishi nagato resort hotel).
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthEast
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
To see photos of this spot check out:-
You'll need to do some research on understanding which kanji to look for as some of the photos are of other beaches in yamaguchi or miyazaki.
Use the rip by the large rocks in the centre of the beach to paddle outside quickly. Surf only on the right of the large rock (unless you are either Kelly Slater or need a reason to buy a new board!) many submerged razor sharp volcanic rocks dot the break to the left of the big rock. At low tide there is a small rock on the inside which can pose a threat on longer rides on regular waves.
Summer is FLAT unless typhoon swell generates in the Japan sea. Waves here can sometimes reach overhead on good storms.
Crystal clear water and white sand beaches are some of the BEST in Japan I think. Great for swimming/snorkel. WARNING - summer makes this beach VERY popular with beach goers and it gets PACKED. Cars will jam the roads for km so get here early (no joke). Worth going for swimming/snorkel (esp around the big rock which you can easily swim out to) and to check out the HOT japanese Uni girls in bikinis who flock here for days out. Some of the most beautiful girls in Japan are here in summer! (no joke)
Super cool locals who are friendly and enthusiastic to foreigners.
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