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There are over 1000 beaches in Japan. Some of the most popular regions are Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki and Chugoku. Each region has numerous beaches to enjoy. In Hokkaido the Otaru Dream Beach and Zenibako Beach are filled with sunbathers as well as surfers in the summer. The main surfing areas are Otaru, Hakodate and Muroran. Other popular beach destinations are Sendai, which is known for its fantastic surf breaks and Fukushima which is a long beach line that faces the pacific ocean. The waves are constant all year, but the water is usually cold in the winter. Hitachi and Takahagi and Northern Ibaraki are great to visit at anytime during the year. The beaches and the reefs attract sun lovers, as well as surfers.