Mention surfing and world-renowned surfing spots in countries like Australia, Hawaii, California and even France come to mind. However, these destinations are also a long flight away from Singapore — and you probably don’t want to blow all your annual leave days for a week of surfing on the coasts of Southern California.

Asia may not have the epic point breaks you find on the Gold Coast or Waikiki beach, but there are numerous surf spots worth checking out. And no, we’re not talking about Bali’s Kuta beach. While the tourist hub is in the spotlight for being one of the best surfing locations in the world, the region is also home to some other lesser-known gems. In fact, there are surfing spots near Singapore that are the best-kept-secrets of seasoned surfers — and in rather unlikely locations, too.

Take Japan, for example. The Land of the Rising Sun is a popular destination among Singaporeans for its unique gastronomy, vibrant shopping and awe-inspiring cultural landmarks. However, not many know that it is also home to some of the best surfing spots in the world.

If you’re looking to escape winter this December and enjoy some of the best surf breaks around the region, check out these surfing spots near Singapore you’ve probably never heard of.