Live Web Cam
Habushira Beach An excellent web camera that has many views over the most famous surf beach in Nijima
In the summer time the water colour against the sand is simply stunning. One of our favourite cameras for sure.
One of the locals drives round the island most days and uploads the pictures to his Blog and surf report
Some times he gets superb 'water shots' and if you get to know him he will even put you on his mailer which is how he shows his best shots to his mates. Well worth checking daily.
"Click Here" for a local person blog he updates regularly and has some nice pictures
or check out Akiko Japan Pro Body Boarder who lives on Nijima Blog ! "Click Here"
Local Information & Recommendations Photo Map
Click the link below to view our interactive map with photos and information of the break and surrounding area.
(All photos are Located using GPS coordinates for pin point accuracy)
It is also very very easy to get to, Standard overnight Ferry, Fast Hydrofoil Ferry in 2.5 hours, Small plane in 45 minutes.
There are over 10 different surf spots to surf around the Island with a hand full more secret ones that work on different swells and winds - go explore. This place truly is an Island surf paradise, on any given wind direction and swell direction there will be a break that is working.
You are always welcomed on Nijima by smiling faces, locals waving at you as you drive around the island, excellent facilities like showers on the beach & free hot springs. Add to this beautiful scenary everywhere and some stunning views from the tops of the 4 main mountain peaks - all accessible via road. It's a small island and many people say you can spend a weekend here and not get bored, we would say you can get lost here as a surfer for a month and still not want to leave.
At time of writing we're just back from 5 days on the island and were lucky enough to get perfect swells and light winds. Too hard to leave especially when we know our good friend Thiago from Shizuoka surf is staying for 3 months.
There are loads of accommodation options to chose from. The pensions are easy and friendly - they can all be found here. "Click Here"
For those of you that do not mind the outdoors and simple living there is one of the best campsites in Japan on the island which is 100% free all year round, it has a great undercover cooking area as well as hot showers and lights at night time.
It is very easy to find just ask any taxi driver to take you there or ask a local to point you in the right direction. It is only 5 mins walk from main Habushi beach - a Nijima Gem.
One piece of advice is if you do not have your own transport (rental car, bike, or bicycle) buy food at Marumana Super Market on the way there as there are no shops near by and if you run out of cold beer early on in the night its a good 20 min walk to the nearest vending machine.
The police do a walk round check 3 times a night to make sure everyone is OK
Nijima is about 24square kms in size and is about 10kms from tip to tip it is 163kms from Tokyo and actually lies closer to Izu peninsula than Tokyo port.
Population 2500 . You'll also find some wonderful temples, amazing mountains, free Yunohama hot springs and its 'world famous' Green Nijima glass.
Surf Breaks On Nijima
This is a picture perfect left hand break that peels from the point all the way into the curving bay500ft cliffs at the point fall vertically into the ocean with massive boulders strewn at the bottom, huge ravines and rain lines torn into the side of the cliff, all quite dramatic.
It's easy to feel small here due to the overpowering beautiful nature all around. The island at the other end of the beach has strong rip currents and the locals warning is to not to swim any where near it. Atop the nearby head land is the local Onsen - free and open 24 hrs a day - which makes this break a great one to surf in the winter - you can run from the break direct to the bath.
The break on the right day can produce a super left Tube and for the brave, bombing rights. The bottom is mostly sand but getting in and out there are lots of rocks and boulders, easy to smash a toe on entry and exit.
Best from - Jan to April Size - up to double over head Swell - West to South West Wind - East to North East
Often called 'the main point' on the island, as it is easy to find (in front of the white building "Habushi Gate") this place like many is picture perfect with white sand and emerald green water that is enough to take your breath away. Habushi will break with basically any swell - from chest high waves right up to triple overhead pounding beach break with pits so deep they will hold a bus, many people say it is one of the best beach breaks in Japan. Our 5 days there and it churned out consistent barrels. Similar to Sendai Shinko in Fukushima - which is way up north from Tokyo.
With the perfect swell & wind direction the waves were inbetween a straight drop into a barrel and a easy takeoff onto 150m of green smashable wall of peeling perfection with barrel sections. It's a beachie so Left and rights depending on conditions. This probably is the busiest peak however by Tokyo standards there is basically no-one out at its peak, no more than 10 surfers. If you get it ON it will definately hardload into the memory banks for frequent recall.
Best from - May - November Size - Up to triple over head Swell - East / North / South Wind - West to South
Ok - obvious name - the daily helicopter lands directly on top of this cliff at the end of the airport runway and when you're surfing this point you almost feel they are coming to rescue you.
There is a rough 4x4 track down to the beach to a large gravel car park.
"Warning" do not try and drive your 2WD car onto the beach here - you will get stuck.
The wave is one of the more powerful A-frames on the beach and on small days will draw a crowd, big days and many surfers will head for Habushi or Secrets so you can score this all on your own. Best thing to do is park in the car park on top of the cliff and use the 5 minute walk as a warm up. Best from - May - November Size - Double over head Swell - East / North / South Wind - West to South
Best from - May - November Size - Double over head Swell - East / North / South Wind - West to SouthBest from - May - November Size - On a clean long period swell it can hold triple overhead Swell - East / North /South Wind - West to SouthBest from - May - November Size - Up to double over head Swell - East or North Wind - West to SouthIso / Best from - Jan - April Size - Up to double over head Swell - West Wind - East
Wada / Best from - Jan - April Size - Up to double over head Swell - West Wind - East
Di B / Best from - Jan - April Size - Up to double over head Swell - West Wind - EastTravel Information:
There are many ways to get to nijima.
1. Slow night boat: leaves daily at 11.00pm you need to be there at 10.00pm ready for boarding, it goes from Takeshiba stop on the Tokyo monorail. Reserved seats or tatami mat is 7,740 yen one way. It arrives at 7.30am in the morning. There are higher grade cabins on board if you want to splash out.
Tel: 03-5472-9999 - English Speakers
Surf Boards: a single surf board will cost you 700yen one way, you can take as many as you want, you can also take longboards as well.
2. Jet Boats : There are 3 of these a day leaving at various times, they take only 2.5 hrs. 11,740 yen one way they also fill up quickly so we advise booking well in advance. There is a return jet that leaves the island at 4.00pm each day that arrives in Tokyo at 6.30pm - every one trys to get on it, esp on a Sunday, this one you must book months in advance. Tel: 03-5472-9999 - English Speakers
Surf Boards: Length restricted to 210cm and each board will cost you 1000 yen each way. They measure them and charge you as you board the boat.
You will also need to fill your name and address and phone number into your ticket stub before boarding as well as keep hold of your ticket as they will ask for them when you depart, if you have lost it you will have to pay again.
A video look at the terminal and boarding procedure can be found here. "Click Here"
To book and further information "Click Here"
3. Air Planes: there are 4 daily flights in and out of Nijima on a prop plane that take about 45mins and leaves from Chofu Airport, 13,700 yen one way
they charge extra for surf boards, length is restriced to 2m or less. Luggage restriction is 5kg of free luggage every Kg after that is 250yen.
If you fly send all your gear via Takubin a few days before you go. Tel: 0422-31-4191
If there for a long time is there is a local boat across to Shikinejima, 820 yen. There are some stunning swimming and snokling beaches to be found. Tickets at the ferry building on Nijima. "Info Click Here"
5. Island hopping by Helicopter, nice way to keep your girl happy and your wallet empty.
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A look at Mamashta pumping on a good day in 2011 , super goofy point
A look at Awiiura this break is a little hidden jem up on the north part of the island, amazing scenery, straight out of Jurrasic Park
A great couple of sessions on this little island , the first six mins are on Habushi and secret points, then from the 6 min mark onwards it is footage of Mamashta the super goofy point, showing how good it can get.
Simply stunning when its perfect with multiple barrel sections on its day.
Video 1 - Maui Pro Final 1988 Tom Curren Vs Gary Elkerton very cool indeed.
Video 3 - Nijima Cup 2009
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