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Diving in Japan

Explore diving in Japan

Because of Japan’s vast size and relative land to ocean ratio there is a huge variety of dives to partake in. There are at least three distinct ecosystems, from the far north: where you can find king crabs prowling the depths, to the warm south: where you can explore coral reefs. Swim through kelp forests and discover large creatures in the region in between the two.

Turquoise fringed archipelagos and crystal blue lagoons await off the shore. Old WWII wrecks sit quietly on the sandy sea floor, slowly accruing coral and algae. For history buffs there are few better sites to explore than near Okinawa. The white sand beaches and carpets of coral in this gorgeous area are unforgettable.

When to dive in Japan
From November to May you can swim with schools of hammerheads, and during the summer you can watch manta rays go through their cleaning stations.

Dive sites and dive shops in Japan

Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.

Common marine life sightings for Japan

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Where to dive in Japan

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International and domestic flights zoom all across Japan, where you can island hop with the greatest of ease.

There are also ferries and excellent public transportation, so take advantage of your options.

Time Zone
UTC+09:00
Phone
+81
Currency
JPY
Voltage
100 V
Pressure
Pounds/square inch (psi)
Plug
A, B
Languages
Japanese
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Tokyo Intl (HND)

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Japan: top locations for diving

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