The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Niijima island is surfing. The pastel colored waves of Niijima is known among surfers as a surf mecca.
Close to Habushiura, the main beach beloved by surfers, is a surf shop and lodge run by a legendary surfer called Surf Station Habushi.
It’s just a minute walk from Habushiura beach. Which means you can go to the beach whenever you please.
Just a 13 minute drive from Niijima Port, it’s a minute walk from Habushiura beach, which has hosted World Surf Championships before. Surf Station Habushi is a terrific spot for surfers, but it’s also great for anyone who wants to have fun at the beach.
They have pick up and drop off services to and from the ferry port, so if you plan on spending as much time as possible on the beach, you don’t even need to rent a car. The town is relatively close, you can just rent a bike when you need to go into town. Overall, it’s located in a pretty convenient location.
Surf Shop Habushi runs a surf shop as well, convenient for surfers wishing to purchase surfboards. There’s even a free shower in the garden.
The rooms are cottage style private rooms. You get to sleep on real, comfortable beds.
Most accommodation on the island are minshuku, Japanese style B&Bs where it’s common to sleep on the floor using futons. Here, you get to sleep on a real bed. Each room comes with a bath and toilet, allowing for privacy during your stay.
There aren’t any cafes or shops in the area, but there’s a shared communal kitchen where you can make a cup of coffee to enjoy in your room.
The place is clean and very well kept, so we recommend the place for anyone, not just beach bums.
Pick a meal plan, or opt for the simple stay.
When booking, you can choose from options that include breakfast and dinner, just breakfast, or no meals included at all. If you’re here for the beach and not interested in going into town at all, we recommend the stay with 2 meals included. They serve island delicacies that include sashimi. Even if you are not a fan of sashimi, the menu offers dishes like pasta and curry as well, so you can eat whatever takes your fancy.
For those planning on spending the day at the beach or in town, and looking to eat at a local izakaya for dinner, the package that includes breakfast is great. They serve a traditional Japanese style breakfast.
Then there’s the plan with no meals included for those wishing to eat out most of the time. There’s a BBQ area outside the cottage that you can use for a charge of 2000 JPY. Pick up some ingredients and charcoal at the local store to enjoy a BBQ under the stars.
Also, this happens to be one of the rare places on the island accepting credit cards, so you don’t have to carry around cash.
Surf Station Habushi – super close to the beach allowing for maximum beach time. Even if you have no plans to go into the water, it’s a nice location away from town for anyone looking to find some peace and quiet.