A surfer’s paradise in Ichinomiya
The beginning of the rest of your life
View of the street just outside of the station
Tourist Information Center, a stone's throw from the station
Rental bicycles and surfboards
Where the road from the station meets prefectural route 30, Mubuyu bakery in the small brown building
Beach for days
Surfers and swimmers converge
It was a bright and sunny day with blue skies when I went to Ichinomiya, and having the seabreeze meant that the temperatures did not go over 35 degrees Celsius when I was there. In fact, it felt a lot cooler compared to being in Tokyo, and the evening temperature hovered around 25 degrees Celsius after sundown. However, slapping on sunscreen should not be forgotten if you're going to be outdoors for most of the day.
I cycled along the Kujukuri Beach Line, stopping at cafes and shops along the way. The surfer town vibe in Ichinomiya was unmistakable with surf shops that line the main street, surfers getting ready to hit the waves, and where sunnies and beachwear was de rigueur.
Double take as my cover as a fake surfer was blown
Surfboards and motorcycles. Atlantic Coffee supposedly opens at daybreak for those on dawn patrol
Emi, a cafe and restaurant serving up delicious pasta all day
Inside the restaurant
Pasta with local seasonal ingredients
Prefectural route 30
Beach line vibes
Cafe Eclectic tucked away behind businesses
Cycling along the Kujukurihama Ichinomiya Cycling Road
Sandy walking paths that lead to various parts of the coastline
Both beaches I visited had a sizeable number of surfers in the water, and many of them were children as it was the summer school holidays. I was envious of the children who were taking off and riding waves like they were born to do it. That envy resulted in me setting a goal for next summer: surfing or at least riding a wave. The Kujukurihama Coast offers decent waves all year round, and it looks like I may be doing some winter practice in time to come.
CHP along the main road
Tsurigasaki Beach, surfing olympic venue
Tsurigasaki Beach has a giant torii by the beach
Never too young to ride the waves
Surf like no one's watching
Surf like you were born to
Surf like you're gonna crush it
Just don't stop surfing
Unless you're waiting to catch the perfect wave
Patagonia Surf is part outlet mall, part surf shop
Fake surfer alert
Point break vibes, which one's Keanu Reeves and which one's Patrick Swayze?
Sunset and salty air
One last ride
Getting There and Around
Ichinomiya Beach and Tsurigasaki Beach are about a 30 minute walk from Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station and Torami Station respectively.
A variety of rental bicycles are available from the tourist information center near Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station, and one day rentals start from 500 yen. There are a limited number of bicycles available, and advance reservations are advisable, especially over the weekends and national holidays, and in the summer. More details can be found on the official website (Japanese only).