Japan's location, at the edge of the Pacific Rim, make it an excellent destination for surfing - at the eastern edge of the country there is very little to break the surf all the way to California.

Deep sea swells coming in off the Pacific make for spectacular surfing, and while the pros relish the huge waves that come just before and after typhoons, there are plenty of quieter coves more suited to the beginner.

Near Tokyo, the beaches along the Chiba and Shizuoka coasts are popular, and Koichi on Shikoku Island and Miyazaki on Kyushu are renowned for their world class breaks. Most easily accessible for many are the Izu Islands, which offer up some of Japan's best beaches and waves a short ferry ride from the metropolis.