Multi Sport

Where Should You Live If You Want To Ride Powder And Surf?

From California to Japan to Lebanon, you really can have your snow and going surfing too

Nicolas Muller slaying pow in Niseko. Photo: Whitelines

Average House Price: Y 50,000 (£292,000)

Average Snow to Surf Distance: 2 hours drive

Did you know that Japan has both waist-deep powder and cruisy beach breaks to surf?

If you want a slice of both, Niseko is perfectly positioned to cater for mountain and beach lovers.

It’s tucked up on the north island of Hokkaido with a solid reputation for amazing powder skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

It snows pretty much constantly from December through to May – and locals prefer to stick to the pistes, leaving hundreds of acres of untouched snow for you to ride.

There’s dozens of surf breaks within reaching distance – for hardy winter surfers and fair-weather summer sliders.

One of the closet to Niseko is Shioya. Just under two hours drive away, it’s a popular beach break, ideal for all levels of surfers. Alternatively, check out Hamaatsuma on the island’s south coast.

If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, head over to Rishiri Island by ferry from Wakkanai. There’s dozens of perfect point breaks to surf, but it’s probably a good idea to get a local guide to show you the ropes.



Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.