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Composed of four large islands and thousands of smaller islands, bordered to the west by the Sea of Japan and to the east by the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese chain extends for about 1,200 miles and features a tremendously diverse coastline. The northernmost island of Hokkaido has the smallest number of surfers, the coldest water (ranging from the high 40s to the high 50s), and is ridden primarily d...

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