Far more remote and wild than any of the other diving locations in our repertoire are the Ogasawara Islands, which are technically part of Tokyo but actually lie over a thousand kilometres from the capital. For intrepid divers only, this is one of the best places in Japan to dive with dolphins and whales, and boasts some fascinating WWII wreck dives.
Despite officially being part of Tokyo, the Ogasawara Islands are a 1000km away and a 25 hour ferry journey from the capital. These remote islands are a natural haven for rare animals and plants and was recently declared a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site. The 'Galapagos of the Orient' also has some world class diving with beautifully clear waters, an abundance of coral and marine life and World War Two wrecks that have littered the sea bed for the last 60 plus years adding to the uniqueness of these islands. The waters are also renowned for being one of the best sites for diving with dolphin and whale - an amazing experience.
The highlights are the World War Two ship wrecks which provide plenty of exciting diving at different levels. From a wreck just a few metres deep and visible from Sakaiura beach to wrecks sitting at 27-45m covered in coral, marine life and even unexploded bombs and ammunition add that something extra to the dive.
Long-snouted Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphin are common in these waters all year round and often join divers.
The humpbacks come to the island waters from January through to mid-April with the sperm whales visiting from July through October. There is the chance of seeing these huge creatures up close when diving for a breath taking experience.
The waters around Chichijima and Mukojima are popular spots for seeing schooling migratory fish such as dog-tooth tuna from June until November. Other common sights around the islands are sand tiger sharks and green turtles.
Weather in Ogasawara Islands
The Climate Guide for Ogasawara Islands, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||20||20||21||23||25||28||30||30||29||28||25||22|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||16||15||16||19||21||24||25||26||25||24||21||17|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||5||5||5||6||6||7||8||7||8||6||5||4|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||11||11||12||13||14||14||14||13||12||12||11||10|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||None||None||None||None||Low||Moderate||High||High||High||Moderate||Low||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||21||18||19||18||19||17||18||22||19||21||21||20|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||117||94||98||118||204||178||138||139||176||200||167||122|
|UV Index (Maximum)||6||7||10||11||11||11||11+||11||10||8||6||5|