Top 12 Most Beautiful Dive Sites in Japan

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  1. Located in the remote village of Yomitan in Okinawa Prefecture, the Toguchi Beach is quite unspoiled and unknown to many people. However, this place brings extremely attractive beauty that anyone who loves scuba diving also wishes to see. Toguchi Beach has a very special landscape, which makes this site become one of the most beautiful dive sites in Japan. The characteristic of “Toguchi Beach” is the Oddly-shaped rocks, and anybody can enjoy snorkeling here.

    When coming here, visitors will be able to walk along the unique limestone beaches and see several oddly-shaped rocks that “come out” of the beach. These are rock reefs that are formed by limestones, and this unique view that can be seen only in Okinawa look very dynamic In particular, the seawater here is extremely clear blue and can change from turquoise to blue, promising to bring visitors a very interesting seabed tour. To scuba dive in Toguchi, divers need to prepare all their own equipment before coming here. In addition, diver still should pay special attention to staying away from poisonous creatures living on the bottom of the Toguchi Beach to ensure their health and life. This is the ideal place to dive.

  2. Ishigaki Island is a beautiful tropical island in Okinawa Prefecture. It is well-known for its beautiful scenery, deep blue sea water, coral reefs, and unique undersea creatures. Ishigaki Island is famous for its coral reefs on the seabed. To be able to visit the seabed of Ishigaki, visitors can choose a diving center in the area for detailed instructions and ensure safer diving. Besides, these centers also provide a full rental service diving equipment at an affordable price.

    When diving in this island area, visitors will be amazed at the beauty of the coral reefs in the Western Strait –“home” of a lot of other fish and aquatic animals. In particular, visitors can also see each flock of migrating rays from other seas, most concentrated-populous in the Kariba strait, northeast of the island. Scuba diving with rays in Kariba Strait is really a worthy-experiencing activity that the tourists should try.
  3. One of the most beautiful dive sites in Japan is the Underground Blue Cave at Cape Maeda-misaki in Onna Village, Kunigami Prefecture of Okinawa province. This is a cave made up of the erosion of the current and when the morning light shines in it will create a strange blue color covering the whole area. The beauty of the mysterious blue color of the underground green cave when the morning light shines through will really overwhelm and enchant. Imagine the feeling when immersing yourself in the clear blue water and it seems that all the sorrows disappear.

    Come to the Blue Cave, a 40-meter-long cave in Cape Maeda, divers would see marine species such as crayfish and crabs. This is a famous diving attraction named after the mysterious blue-green light emitted when viewed from inside the cave. It is also the most beautiful dive site in Japan. Beginners can still enjoy a diving experience with colorful sea creatures. However, visitors should sign up for snorkeling tours or guided snorkeling tours to explore this special cave area. Let's experience and dive deep into the waters of the Blue Cave to feel the amazing ocean adventure.
  4. Yonaguni Island, located at the end of the Ryukyu Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, is an ideal location for scuba diving. It is Yonaguni Island that is one of the most beautiful dive sites in Japan, the destination hosting a myriad of other dive sites, namely, Sabachi, Hammerhead Rock, White World, ..etc. Yonaguni is also one of the Yaeyama Islands and the most inhabited island of the Western Okinawa. Boat-entry drift diving is the main diving style here, and highlights include exploring megalithic ruins and encountering hammerhead sharks. Visitors can use the glass-bottomed vessels to see these unique creatures.

    In addition, tourists also can determine to explore one of Okinawa’s most mysterious dive sites - the Underwater Ruins. The Underwater Ruins is the most iconic of Yonaguni Island’s dive sites. The megalithic structures here were discovered in 1986, and it is unknown whether they are natural formations or man-made. This place exists an ancient monument on the seabed consisting of stone pedestals up to 10,000 years old, considered a hidden place of secrets of ancient human culture, and is considered an interesting and attractive place for scuba divers.
  5. Miyako Island is the main island of Miyakojima, located in the Pacific Ocean about 300 km southwest of the main island of Okinawa. It is located about 5-22 km north of Ikema Island. Miyako Islands also houses "Yaeganase", which is Japan's largest reef group. The reef is 17 km long and 6.5 km wide. As one of the most beautiful islands in Okinawa, it has also become a popular destination for swimming and scuba diving, and one of the top most beautiful dive sites in Japan. In addition to enjoying corals and tropical fish, divers are more likely to encounter devil fish between December and March, oh when divers can also come across both humpback whales and dolphins.

    "Miyakojima" was formed from an increasing change in the depth that which the reef resides. Every year, the reef is submerged in seawater. So it has a reputation as the "Great Barrier Reef of Japan" recorded by the UNESCO. Beautiful sandy beach and blue sea. It wasn't until 2015 that the island officially opened to the outside world. Therefore, it can be said that this island has beautiful sandy beaches and a non-polluting diving area.
  6. Kumomi Beach is a dive sites located in West Izu in Tokyo. It's a bit far from Tokyo with about 4 hours by train so it's better to stay overnight but still well worth a trip to explore. Because this dive site lies in Kumomi village, which is near a holy Shinto area, Kumomi is regarded as the most beautiful dive site in Japan. It is famous for its unique view of the rocks connected by a rope between two shrines, which reflects a traditional Japanese symbol - a perfect place for those who enjoy the terrain below the water.

    With Mount Fuji in the background, this place offers some of the unique cavern-like formations and swim-throughs which can be explored. The most vibrant sea creatures are the stingrays in the sand. Besides, another fascinating thing about this place is that divers can also spot a large group of stingrays there. This is often a place for a weekend trip and also offers some beautiful places to enjoy a fancy dinner.
  7. Osezaki is a dive site located on the Izu Peninsula, about 3 hours by train from Shinagawa Station. With a clear view of Mount Fuji in the backdrop, Osezaki is not only one of the famous spots for scuba diving in Tokyo but also one of the most beautiful dive sites in Japan. And this is the only reason why Osezaki is popular during typhoon or other weather conditions. And taking the view of Mount Fuji in the bay reveals the fact that visitors are diving into Japan. These dives do not have many and diverse large species, such as sharks, barracudas, and other large body fish in some other diving locations, however, small fish such as shellless mollusks and shrimp are very much here.

    It has a unique shaped bay which attracts a lot of attention of many tourists and often it is away from the bad weather. There are also several night dives in the inner bay and it is an amazing experience. This place is narrowed down only for technical divers. An expert at the dive site said the bay area is quite enclosed so it is still possible to dive on days when the weather is a bit bad and new people do not have to worry too much about what is underwater.
  8. The beautiful Yoneha Foreshore Beach is located in the Southwest of Miyako Island, piled with white sand and clear blue waters, has made Yoneha Foreshore ranked by Trip Advisor as the most beautiful dive sites in Japan for two consecutive years. It can be regarded as the first coast of the East. The beaches stretch 7 km along the coast. Because of the shallow beaches, water activities such as bathing and diving on boats are well suited. In addition, interesting sunset scenery adds charm to the Naha coast. There aren't many residents on the island, so sometimes there aren't many taxis at the airport. The best way is to book the airport shuttle service first.

    The variety of marine species has made it an attractive oxygen tank diving and snorkeling site for those who are knowledgeable about these activities. Offering an extensive opportunity for divers to explore magnificent coral reefs and other marine objects, Yonaha Foreshore is known as one of the most beautiful dive sites in Japan as well as around the world. As one of the most beautiful islands in Okinawa, it has also become a popular destination for swimming and scuba diving. In addition to enjoying corals and tropical fish, divers are more likely to encounter devilfish between December and March, oh when divers can also come across both humpback whales and dolphins
  9. Atagawa’s location is just a bit further south of IOP (Izu Ocean Park or Izu Kaiyo Koen), on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, Japan. The literal meaning of ‘Atagawa’ is a hot river and this place makes one of the top most beautiful scuba dive sites in Japan . This diving spot is resting on the east coast of Izu and boasts some pinnacles which are covered by beautiful soft coral. This Onsen (hot water spring) offers a unique experience of enjoying the best time amidst the tropical beauty. This is also one of the reasons why a lot of tourists and local people give this dive site a special love. It is because divers can both soak in the hot water and enjoy the beautiful “marine” scenery of this diving site, especially for those who are in need of a break or rest, reducing stress after the pressure, this place is paradise. With the depth ranging from 10 to 40 m, Atagawa hosts a quite rich diversity of marine and coral creatures.

    The dive site of Atagawa is an interesting mix of rocky reefs, soft corals and sand patches with rich marine fauna including lionfish, anemone fish, flying gurnards and nudibranchs. Thumbs up to the incredible hospitality of Kazasan at the PONO Cafe, for plenty of Aloha spirit in Japan!
  10. When thinking of ecotourism and scuba diving experiences in Japan, Shiretoko tourism is always one of the top choices of many divers. Shiretoko is located on the eastern shore of Hokkaido, It is a pristine land bordered by the Okhotsk Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It possesses the most pristine beauty in the land of the rising sun - Japan, therefore, Shiretoko is an extremely attractive place for domestic and foreign visitors to come here every year. To dive-lovers, this site is the most beautiful dive site in Japan.

    With the advantage of the purely-pristine natural environment, the peninsula is known as "the last of Japan's unexplored landscapes". Being the home to more than 800 types of plants and more than 500 types of living organisms, the Shiretoko Peninsula was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, and is guadually known as the most beautiful dive sites in Japan. Shiretoko is worth a year-round visit, however, when visiting at a time when it's not the snowy season, tourists will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of outdoor activities.
  11. If travelers are looking for somewhere closest to Tokyo? Then try Hayakawa. Hayakawa is one of the closest diving spots from Tokyo which is located between just two stations before Atami station. It is in Higashi Izu (East Izu), Tokyo. The dive site is only a 10-minute walk from the station. This place boasts some easy and convenient beach diving options, which makes this place one of the most beautiful dive sites in Japan as well as Tokyo.

    Not just to experience the incredible scuba diving experience, but this place is also meant for macro photography. This diving spot is the home of frogfish, batfish, octopus, and stingray. Hayakawa has recently opened their night diving which is quite rare to find in Izu. This place is very suitable for beginners for its convenience as well as the ease of diving into the sea. Another plus point is the rich seabed life: Visitors can find dong tongue fish, shellless mollusks, occasional batfish, octopuses, and rays hiding in the sand.
  12. The following name that is impossible not to mention in the top of the most beautiful dive sites in Japan is the Izu Ocean Park. The Izu Ocean Park is south of the Jogasaki Coast, a famous walking trail of the Izu Peninsula. It is by far the most popular shore dive site in Japan. Due to the waves, the entry from the beach can sometimes be sporty, so it is essential to hold the rope tight.

    There is first a shallow part where tourists can find many sea anemones and dam-selfish. Then by following the line, there are two possible itineraries: the IOP underwater post box or the wall. The latter is, of course, going deeper and deeper until a sandy bottom at 40 m. Featuring beautiful pink and purple soft corals, there is always a lot of fish action at the IOP wall with stingrays, flounders, bump head wrasse, butterfly-fish and dragon moray eels.

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