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 accommodation across Japan

    • Iriomote Eco Village

      Iriomote Eco Village (Iriomote)

      Eco Village sits on the edge of the jungle and on the beach. The Eco village is made up of a number of stand alone villas and a small block of rooms all with a sea view just sitting feet away from the oceans edge.

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    • Yado Natura

      Yado Natura (Zamami)

      The Yado Natura is a family owned Japanese style hotel with just four rooms. It is located in the small main town on the island, a short distance from Zamami port.

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    • Busena Terrace

      Busena Terrace (Okinawa Island)

      The Busena Terrace is one of the top resort hotels on Okinawa Island and for that reason it was chosen to play host to the G8 Summit in 2008.

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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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    • Hoshinoya Taketomi

      Hoshinoya Taketomi (Taketomi)

      The Hoshinoya is one of the most exclusive accommodation names in Japan, with well-established properties in the cultural capital of Kyoto and in the Japanese mountain resort of Karuizawa.

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    • 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 minute's drive from the airport. The owners will always make you feel very welcome and you will be sure to appear on their photo blog after your stay here!

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