The Best place to Surf in Japan
Due to its mild conditions, Koushirahama is also one of the best places to learn surfing as well so I’m quite excited since this happened to be my first time.
During the walk, I asked the instructor why he named his shop Surf Playa (translates to Surf Beach in Spanish). He said that he often visits his son in Mexico, who moved there to take surfing to the next level (and he just likes Mexico in general).
White sands, perfect weather, and tons of people surfing at this spacious, half-moon beach made this a view I would never forget.
Meanwhile, the instructor started to explain the basics of surfing: how to look for a good wave, the form, and finally riding the wave. We went through the motions on sand to get some practice and then took it to the waters.
For the first few waves, I was told to ride the wave while remaining flat on the board. This was to learn to get used to the timing of the wave and the feeling of riding the wave. It was easy to ride the wave with the instructor’s assistance, but once I tried it on my own, the timing was quite challenging.
After getting a couple runs in, the instructor allowed me to finally practice standing up. I was excited since this was what I imagined surfing looked like, but during my first few rounds, I completely ate it.
After a few rounds of trial and feedback from the instructor, I was finally able to stand up and completely ride the wave to the shore.
Such a satisfying moment!
Kounohama beach has calm waves and is ideal for beginners
Local Specialty of Shima
After spending all morning at the beach, we decided to get lunch at a local spot called[
「 Kinsei Ramen」. They’re known for their sesame flavored tantan-men and every local we met had recommended this place.
The Tip of Shima
We drove all the way to the northeastern tip of Shima to the Anorisaki Lighthouse, located right at the mouth of the Matoya Bay.
Once we arrived, there was a wide lawn area and a cafe situated near the border, facing the bay. We decided to visit the lighthouse first, so we continued across the lawn and made our way in.
At the Uedashoten cafe, traditional dried potatoes "Kinko potato / Ginko potato"
You can enjoy "potato parfait" and "potato honey mousse pudding" along with the scenery.
" Kabuku Resort"
View of the 64 Islands
We arrived at the parking lot and there was an extra 15 minutes worth of stairs before reaching the observation deck. After a long day, this was one tough set of stairs, but once I reached the top, it all felt worth it.
To my right was a 2 story building, which appeared to be a cafe. As I look to the left, I could see the open sky, a wide open wooden terrace, and past the terrace was the iconic view, exactly how I’ve seen it in photos.
After taking loads of pictures of the bay, I felt slightly satisfied, so it was finally time to call it a day.