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Only structures overlooking this beach are the Car Port on the north of the river or the Power station to the South.
Could put up a tower and if someone wants to fund it - let us know and it might be possible.
None as yet.
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A long and wide open sandy beach.
Boarded to the North by a huge Roll on Car ferry port and the Kujigawa (Kuji river). A massive break water has been constructed about 1 km out to sea parallel to the beach in front of the car port. This protects the port and effectively blocks a lot of NE Swells.
Swells from the East are the best and on a good day break in A Frames right along the beach.
The beach is generally quite steep so low tides are better in smaller swells.
In 2-3 meter clean swells the high tide is Ok and its not uncommon to see beautiful barrels running off each end of the sand banks.
Obviously in these conditions the beach break can be heavy and the duck diving to get out into the line up challenging - spend time looking for the rips and watching others and you'll usually find an easier passage. Then after long rides expect to go through the washing machine at least a few times getting back out.
Sometimes right in front of the river, the port break wall will hold a wave and its worth a good look, just be aware that Japanese rivers after a rain are not the cleanest.
General Break Information
To the very south (drive or walk) there is a bunker on the hill - go past this another 300m to the end of the road (4WD only)
and at low tide in an east swell witha strong south or South Wind this will be offshore. - A few locals like to call this home so be polite and no issues.
Often good in Spring and Autumn
River Jet Skiing is very popular and sometimes they come out through the river mouth so just be aware that they travel very fast and can appear with out warning.
North End of the beach is cross offshore in a NE wind
South End of the Beach is offshore in a SSW wind
Marumatsu: A break right down against the power station to the south, protected in huge south swells. Access is once you spot a small temple on the main road turn left and wind you way towards the power station keeping it on your right. There is a small river right to the beach and you need to get onto the statiion side of this - parking right down at the beach - When ever you go it will be deserted- bit of an adventure and if a south swell is closing out the rest of the coast then this is a good place to check.
Access: Just South of Hitachi City, Take the Joban to Hitachi Minami Oita exit and its about 2 km - fast and easy
Round trip from Tokyo is as easy and as fast as going to Chiba.
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Best Tide: low to Mid tide
Best Swell Direction: East
Best Size: 4-5 (Chest to overhead)
Best Wind: West
Perfect-O-Meter: 4-5 (1= 1 ft wind slop; 10 = G-Land)
Access: Close to the Joban Highway
Crowd Factor: Holidays 6, weekdays 2 (1 = Pipeline in Summer; 10 = Tokyo
Local Vibe: Some very loyal locals call this home.
Water Quality: 4, runoff from the river (1=clean; 10=turds in the lineup)
Food: pack it in with you nothing close
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