Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

MIYAZAKI Miyazaki Surf Sports

Take a surf adventure down south in warm, uncrowded waves

Along with Chiba, Miyazaki is Japan's most renowned surf destination. With a coastline that stretches over 300 kilometers, Miyazaki attracts swell from the east, south and north. An abundance of surf schools have opened shop along the coast and, during typhoon season especially, you can find some world-class surf breaks to rival any surf location.


  • Surfing in Aoshima followed by a beer and burger at Aoshima Beach Park
  • Driving south down Route 220 for a surf check
  • Enjoying the Hyuga sunrise before a surf at Okuragahama

How to Get There

Located on the southeastern coast of Kyushu, Miyazaki is accessible by car and by plane.

Miyazaki is not accessible by bullet train, so if you're traveling with surfboards, your options to get there are driving or flying.

If you are on a budget, from Tokyo's Haneda Airport, the cheapest flights are with Solaseed Air. As of December 2017, Jetstar also flies direct to Miyazaki but flights are from Narita Airport.

If you're driving from Honshu, simply take the Kyushu Expressway and turn onto the Miyazaki Expressway.

Surfing in Hyuga

Miyazaki's surf spots are broken into three geographical areas — Hyuga in the north, Miyazaki City in the center and Nichinan in the south. All three areas offer fun waves for beginners and more challenging waves for skilled surfers.

The most famous beach in the Hyuga area is Okuragahama. It's home to numerous international surfing events each year and was the location for the ISA World Junior Surf Chamionships in 2017. Okuragahama is a sand bottom beach, but it breaks very consistently.

The area is easily accessible from Route 10 and has a free carpark. Locals are friendly but show respect and follow typical surf manners. Most of the surf shops and surf schools operate from this beach.

Kanegahama is the next beach along from Okuragahama, and it also gets whatever swells available. Kanegahama is well-developed and has all the amenities for locals and visitors. This beach makes for great beach walks when the tide's low and there's not too much swell.

Surfing in the Miyazaki City area

From Hyuga, the first place to surf in Miyazaki City is around Hitotsuba. This is where the Phoenix Seagaia Resort and Sheraton Grande Hotel are located.

There are a lot of breakwalls here so you tend to get shorter, punchier waves that barrel a lot. As a result, Hitotsuba is not a great place for beginners, and coming in can be tricky at times — even for more experienced surfers.

You can access any of the beaches here by turning off the Hitotsuba Toll Road and finding the short rocky beach tracks that lead to the water's edge.

Heading further south, you'll reach Kisakihama. This is Miyazaki's most well-known beach and is home to many contests. Nestled between the Kiyotake River and the Kaeda River, Kisakihama offers a long, uninterrupted stretch of beach that gets swell in most conditions. Down towards the Kiyotake River end tends to be better for shortboarders.

Beyond Kisakihama, you'll reach Aoshima. It's always a popular surf spot because of the free carpark, the amenities, the nearby cafes and shops. This beach is also walking-distance to Aoshima Shrine. The breaks here are suitable for all levels, and a lots of surf schools are in the area.

Surfing in Nichinan

South of Miyazaki City is Nichinan. The trip to Nichinan offers one of the best coastal drives in Kyushu, with breathtaking scenes of volcanic rock formations and towering mountains that overlook the ocean below. What's more, there's an abundance of good surf spots.

The first beach in the area is Ibii. A gorgeous little stretch of sand, Ibii is a good beach for those just starting to surf because the waves are very manageable. In fact, you'll often find kids and families spending the day here.

Further south is Shoujuen. This beach is about 10 minutes past Sunmesse Nichinan. Look for the 7-11 on your right and the entrance is directly across the road. Shoujuen is particularly good when the swell is from the north.

About five minutes further south is Umegahama. You can see it on your left as you drive over the bridge, just before you hit Nichinan City. You can surf either side of the river. The surf at Umegahama has many peaks.

The last beach on the Nichinan stretch is Kojima. This place is more famous for its monkey residents, but it lights up when the typhoons strike from June to November.

SUPs are not allowed on any of the Nichinan beaches. This rule is clearly signposted and strictly enforced. The Nichinan area is less touristy than other places, but if you are respectful, you'll be fine to enjoy the great waves on offer.