Diving adventures in Japan

Join hammerhead sharks and lionfish as you investigate the reefs and wrecks of the Izu Peninsula, a thickly forested outcrop of land not far from Tokyo. For a bit of adventure, make the long journey to the Ogasawara Islands to explore World War Two wrecks and meet rare marine life in the "Galapagos of the Orient".

The jewel in Japan's diving crown, however, is Okinawa. With white sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, dense jungle and a rich and distinctive local culture, Japan's southernmost prefecture is a true island paradise.

Under the waves of this stunning archipelago you'll experience some of the best diving conditions in the world as you visit kaleidoscopic coral reefs, explore caves and pinnacles, and come face to face with sea turtles, manta rays and perhaps even migrating humpback whales. To top it all off, at the remote island of Yonaguni you can even visit the remains of what some believe to be a real-life Atlantis.

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Diving itineraries

Diving accommodation across Japan

    • Pension Papaya

      Pension Papaya (Ishigaki)

      The Pension Papaya is a friendly family-run inn located just 30 seconds' walk from the beach on the west coast of Ishigaki, and just 15 minutes' drive from the airport.

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    • Iriomote Eco Village

      Iriomote Eco Village (Iriomote)

      The Eco Village sits between jungle and beach. The hotel is made up of a number of standalone villas and a small block of rooms all with a sea view just sitting feet away from the ocean's edge.

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    • Kerama Beach Hotel

      Kerama Beach Hotel (Zamami)

      The Kerama Beach hotel is a simple but comfortable Western-style hotel in a quiet location with beaches to the east and west.

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Diving destinations across Japan

    • Yonaguni


      Yonaguni is a must for every diver with an ancient underwater monument and crystal clear waters

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    • Okinawa Island

      Okinawa Island

      Okinawa Island, in the island chain of the same, name lies nearly 700km south of mainland Japan.

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    • Iriomote


      Dense jungle and mangrove and possible the world's rarest wild cat, the mysterious Iriomote Lynx

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    • Zamami


      Fabulous island getaway great for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking & just relaxing

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    • Ogasawara Islands

      Ogasawara Islands

      Home to unique nature, pristine waters and coral make the Ogasawara Islands a diver's heaven.

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    • Izu Peninsula

      Izu Peninsula

      A picturesque finger of land stretching out into the Pacific Ocean about 100 km south of Tokyo.

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