Surfing in Japan during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

September 9, 2013 | Surfing
Japan: the Land of the Surfing Sun

The 2020 Summer Olympics are heading to Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Interestingly, the largest metropolitan area in the world is known for hosting world-class surf spots.

Tokyo, the year 2021.

While tourists and sports fans are in the city for the Olympic Games, local surfers will be riding their everyday waves.

In fact, the Chiba region, near Tokyo, is considered to be the birthplace and capital of the Japanese surfing culture.

Choshi, Onjuku, and Ichinomiya, located 40 kilometers away from the capital, are some of Chiba's best surf spots.

Fishing harbors and pollution are the greatest threats to waves and surfing here.

Hachijojima, Niijima, and Oshima are three islands located off the coast of Tokyo, which often deliver great surfing experiences for the local board-riding community.

Expect a laid-back lifestyle and stunning sightseeing.

Shichirigahama and Shonan - in the Kanagawa prefecture - are two popular wave peaks facing southern swells from the Pacific Ocean.

Chiba: home of Japanese surfing

Shikoku, the fourth largest island in Japan, offers impressive river-mouth waves.

Shishikui, Ikumihama, Uchizuma, and Niyodo are the best choices but are not free of local wave warriors.

The province of Fukushima was once known for its top-class right-handers ridden in front of the nuclear station.

Today, the region is a radioactive surfing cemetery where surfers can't surf, and humans can't live.

If you're planning a surf trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, do it during spring, between April and May.

Local surf shops are expensive, and trains are the best way of traveling from spot to spot.

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held between July 23, 2021, and August 8, 2021, in Tokyo.

Surfing is very popular in the country. For more detailed information, discover the best surf spots in Japan.

Wouldn't it be nice to have surfing as an Olympic demonstration sport in a high-tech Japanese artificial wave pool?