Surfing spots across Japan are looking to ride a wave to economic revitalization before the 2020 Tokyo Games, when surfing will make its Olympic debut.
Hoping to attract more tourists and stop population decline, these municipalities are hosting surfing events and setting up special websites to promote themselves as go-to destinations for surfing enthusiasts.
Ichinomiya in Chiba Prefecture will host the Olympic surfing event. Situated on the Pacific coast, Tsurigasaki beach draws many surfboarders in the early morning and late afternoon because it is easily accessible from central Tokyo. The nearest station is Kazusa-Ichinomiya, about an hour by express train from Tokyo Station.