Surfing in Ichinomiya, Japan

The site of the first surfing in the Olympics, Ichinomiya, Japan has very consistent and large surf.  There are a few different spots to choose from.  This one described here is my favorite.  Note that there are really not many hotels in the area, maybe this will change with the Olympics coming.  AirBnB is your best bet.  Also, don;t expect to find many people here that can speak English as a second language so practice a few key Japanese phrases before arriving.

Surf

Break Type:  Beach

Gear: Light Wetsuit

Ambience:  There are a few spots to choose from.  They are all fun.  The mellowest surf in the crowded spot called out below.  The beaches here remind me of remote Northern California beaches.  They are very rugged and undeveloped.  The water is surprisingly warm though, which was a nice surprise.

Main Surf Spot:  Ichinomiya beach

Link to current conditions: Surfline

Logistics

Public Parking:  Yes.  Park here.  There is a parking fee.  

Public Showers:  Yes.  Showers here.

Public Restrooms:  Yes.  Same location as showers.

Transportation:  Need a car.  NOTE:  If you rent a car you need an international drivers license - this is strictly enforced.  You get one at AAA.

Nearest Airport:  Narita (NRT)

Alternative Surf Spots

In front of the Patagonia Shop    (Patagonia shop here)

More crowded but really fun spot about 10 minutes away.

Area

Lodging:

Not many options so I do AirBnB.

Food:

Pub