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Diving in Japan

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It’s true that Japan may not be the first country that comes to mind when considering scuba diving, but, in fact, the country has more than two thousand dives spots on offer with something for every kind of diver. Diving in Japan varies from cold water diving in the northern islands to tropical encounters in the southern areas. Japan’s rugged coastlines, where warm and cold ocean currents collide are renowned for their variety of sea life and amazing coral reefs that offer great opportunities or scuba divers and snorkelers alike. The peak season for diving begins at the end of the rainy season in mid-July, and runs to early September when the hot weather ends.

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Scuba diving destinations in Japan include: the Izu Peninsula and Okinawa to name but two.

Izu Peninsula

The best diving near Tokyo is on the beautiful Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. One of the peculiarities of diving in this fascinating getaway is that you could spend a month diving on the coast of Izu and not see the same site twice. Here it’s possible to indulge in cave diving and even wreck diving. Diving at Izu is available year round, but conditions are highly variable. In summer and early autumn, underwater visibility is 15 to 30 feet and popular dive sites can be extremely crowded, while in winter, when the temperature may drop to the mid-50s, visibility increases to 80 feet. Dry suits are highly recommended for winter diving at Izu. Expect to see larger fish like tuna, rays and endless variety of corals.

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Okinawa (Ryukyu Islands)

Known worldwide for its fascinating landscapes, unique culture, friendly people and underwater beauties Okinawa is a group of hundreds of islands and islets, situated in the very deep south of the Japanese archipelago. Waters this tropical getaway are crystal clear year round with visibility reaching 50 meters and even more. Along with tremendous variety of underwater landscapes and world class reefs, Okinawa offers a wide range of sea animals, including thousands of colorful reef fish, a variety of unique Nudibranchs, masses of marlin and sailfish, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, turtles and more. Of special interest are the famous underwater ‘ruins’ around Yonaguni Island, whose existence is still shrouded in mystery.

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Best diving is also done in Dana Drop (Yaeyama Islands), Nita Cave (Kerama Islands) and Kurima Area (Miyako Island). Head and enjoy!

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