Surfing in Japan during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics
- 09 September 2013 | Travel
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, year 2020. While tourists and sports fans are in the city for the Olympic Games, local surfers will be riding their every day 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 surfing spots. Fishing harbors and pollution are the greatest threat to wave 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 sightseeings.
Shichirigahama and Shonan - in the Kanagawa prefecture - are two popular wave peaks facing southern swells coming from the Pacific Ocean.
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 won't surf and humans won'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 24th July and 9th August, in Tokyo. Surfing is very popular in the country. Wouldn't it be nice to have surfing as an Olympic demonstration sport, in a high-tech Japanese artificial wave pool?