Isumi / ChibaGrab your surfboard and hit some of Japan's best waves

Isumi City is popular with surfing fans

Whether you want to ride the waves or fish the waters beneath them, the coastal city of Isumi in Chiba Prefecture is the perfect place to connect with the ocean. It's home to outstanding surfing spots, gorgeous sandy beaches, and abundant seafood. Though within easy reach of Tokyo, Isumi is still pleasantly off the beaten tourist track, making it an ideal destination for escaping the urban jungle and reconnecting with nature.

Visit Isumi's world-class surfing spots

Isumi is one of the best places in Japan to learn to surf

Isumi's pristine beaches and sparkling ocean are renowned for having some of the best surfing spots in the whole of Japan. Just along the coast from the 2020 Olympic surfing venue and boasting high-quality waves year-round, it's the perfect place to hone your skills.

A surfing enthusiast takes to the water in Isumi

A number of Isumi surf schools boast premises just minutes from the sea, offering both group classes and one-on-one lessons. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome. So, whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced surfer, the talented instructors - many of whom are former professional surfers - will teach you with patience and kindness.

Skilled instructors teach classes aimed at all ages and abilities

Costs vary depending on the store but expect to pay around 6,000 yen for a three-hour group class, or 10,000 yen for one-on-one teaching. Most shops also have shower facilities and dressing rooms for you to use.

Isumi's surf shops have all the equipment you'll need for a day on the waves

While in Isumi, take the opportunity to try bodyboarding and stand-up paddleboarding, too. Boards and wetsuits in all sizes are available to rent (prices differ depending on the store), so all you need to bring is a swimsuit, towel, and a sense of adventure!

Fish for your supper at an Isumi fishing inn

An exterior view of Denkuro Inn

For a unique travel experience that allows you to connect with the local area and get out into the natural environment, book a stay at one of Isumi's fishing inns. These accommodation spots are more than just a place to sleep. Denkuro Inn is one such establishment. The family-run inn offers guests delicious seafood meals with a twist - guests catch their own fish.

Denkuro's new ship, Amamasa Maru

Sail out on Denkuro's spacious new ship, Amamasa Maru, which is equipped with the latest high-tech equipment. With help from Captain Amano Masaki and his crew, even complete beginners can enjoy a successful day's offshore fishing in Isumi's abundant waters.

Enjoy fresh, locally caught seafood at Denkuro Inn

Head back to the inn to enjoy your catch of fish, alongside an assortment of other beautifully prepared local seafood. To really splash out, opt for the luxury course featuring dishes such as lobster, abalone, and shrimp.

A tatami-floored room in Denkuro Inn

Denkuro's rooms are decorated in traditional Japanese style, with tatami-mat flooring and futon bedding, but they also come equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning and television, so you can be sure of a relaxing and comfortable stay. The conveniently located inn is a mere 10-minute walk (or three-minute drive) from Ohara Station. For similar fishing inn options, get in touch with the Isumi Farm Stay & Inbound Promotion Council who can make reservations for you.

Indulge in super-fresh, local seafood at a bustling morning market

Shop, eat, drink, and relax at the market

Every Sunday, Ohara Port in Isumi City comes to life as up to 3,000 people descend on the picturesque harbor area to enjoy the bustling morning market. Enjoy the brisk sea breeze and ocean views as you browse the wide range of local produce available.

The market offers a wide array of goods

Around 30 stores ply their trade between 8 a.m. and midday, selling a variety of fresh, seasonal seafood that includes abalone, octopus, and lobster. Some stalls sell locally grown fruit and vegetables, while others offer items such as honey, jam, sake, and traditional sweets.

Grill your seafood over charcoal

If you get peckish as you shop, head to the barbecue corner where you can use a charcoal grill to bake the foods you've just purchased. There are also plenty of stands offering ready-made food and drink, such as rice balls, ramen noodles, taiyaki (fish-shaped pancakes filled with red bean paste), smoothies, and coffee.

Ohara Port hosts a market every Sunday morning

Ohara Port is a 20-minute walk from Ohara Station on the JR Sotobo Line or five minutes by car. It's a 10-minute walk from the famous Ohara Beach, where part of the award-winning movie Shoplifters was filmed.

Access information

Getting to Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture:

Isumi City is around 90 minutes by car from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, or Chiba Prefecture’s Narita Airport. The city is around 70 minutes by train from central Tokyo.

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