If a new hobby is what you’re looking for, you should try surfing.
Um… but it looks kinda difficult… and I don't know where to go for my first time...
Then look no further. Here are the top 5 surf spots in Kanto for beginning surfers!
① The most popular surfing spot for beginners!：Shonan (Kugenuma Beach)
Kugenuma Beach is only 90-minute drive away from Tokyo and is perfect for newbies. And being the top surf destination in Kanto has its perks—a huge parking lot! So, say good-bye to the headache of always having to look for the golden parking spot. The beachside is lined with shops that cater to beginning surfers where you can rent a surfboard and a wetsuit if you don't have your own yet. "FREE RIDE CUSTOM" is one of the famous surf club for beginner in Kugenuma Beach. And when you're hungry, just pick from the many fancy restaurants nearby, although nothing beats a local shirasu(whitebait) bowl after a long, tiring surf session!
・Address: 4-chōme-4-1 Kugenumakaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0037
② Ride the waves of pristine clear water!：Izu Peninsula (Shirahama Beach)
Famous for its beautiful, crystal clear water, Shirahama is the perfect day-trip surfing spot that can be reached in three hours by car from Tokyo. The gentle waves will surely help you master your takeoffs. Just make sure you check the forecast for a calm day, and practice with many breaks in between and not go all out in one go. The surfing area is easily accessible from the beachfront parking lot, and there is not a shortage of places to dine, shop or relax when time calls for it. Regenerate your tired body at a hot spring and refuel with a tasty local favorite, boiled "Golden Eye Snapper!"
・Address: Shirahama, Shimoda, Shizuoka 415-0012
③ Popular among beginners for mellow waves and wide beach!：Ibaraki (Oarai Beach)
A lot of people say, "Ibaraki? That's too far!" But actually, it only takes two hours if you take the freeway and three and a half on surface roads. And the best part of Oarai is the crowd—or the lack thereof. The beach is all yours. Mellow waves attract long boarders and ladies alike, and even families feel right at home. In addition, hot springs are just close-by to add icing to your incredibly hang loose day!
・Address: Minatochuo, Oarai, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki 311-1305
④ For those who really want a lazy surf day!：Boso Peninsula (Heisaura Beach)
Nestled on the southern tip of Boso Peninsula, Heisaura beach is right on the mark for the perfect surfcation destination because of its abundant lodging nearby. It's a two-hour drive from Chiba City on minor roads, so the drive feels like an excursion itself. You can leave on Friday night after work, camp in your van or car, catch early morning waves, indulge in amazing seafood for lunch, go surfing again, take a dip into a hot spring, then retire for the night at a comfortable lodging. Only you can make this dream a reality. Plan a relaxing surfcation at Heisaura Beach now!
・Address: Fujiwara, Tateyama, Chiba 294-0223
⑤ Lovely little beach near Narita Airport!：North Boso (Iioka Beach)
Iioka Beach is the easternmost beach of Kujukuri Beach and is highly recommended for tourists and Japanese returnees alike for its crowd-free sands and gentle surfs. And just a two-hour drive south, you'll find Shidashita Beach (or Shida Spot) in Ichinomiya, which is the surfing venue for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Get to know other surfers there and watch the pros ride perfect barrels and get pitted. So, if you just want to relax and move at your own pace, and fine-tune your takeoff with gentle waves, Iioka Beach calls your name. Hot springs and comfortable lodging are waiting for you as well!
・Address: 1356 Yokone, Asahi, Chiba 289-2712
Whether you want to surf alone or with friends, the highlights of a surfer's van life are the drive, food, hot spring, lodging, and of course the waves. Get the surfboard ready and catch your first waves now!
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