Any outdoor enthusiast would find themselves hard pressed to visit the Land of the Rising Sun and find themselves unable to engage in whatever outdoor activity they might have a fancy for. With the nation’s impressively diverse types of the great outdoors, Japan is a practical heaven when it comes to doing things outside.
Given that Japan is an island nation, one would find it obvious that water-based activities are a definite kind of thing to do when in Japan. Japan is home to many different types of diving spots and offers some great opportunities for both beginner and experienced divers. Those with a SCUBA diving license will find themselves well-accommodated by the Japanese waters and its colorful local wildlife.
When visiting the capital, Tokyo and its prefecture, one mustn’t travel all that far to find some great diving opportunities. The Izu Peninsula is located conveniently for those staying in Tokyo and has some great spots to dive in to boast about. The peninsula is located in the Shizuoka prefecture, only roughly 100 kilometers from the country’s capital, virtually just a bullet-train ride away. Despite the area’s tendency to become crowded during public and school holidays, not surprising given its location, there is much to see and explore, so much in fact that one is unlikely to find themselves in the same spots twice.
Another advantage for the divers are the nearby 7 islands which also offer their own niches in terms of Scuba diving, and can be reached by public transport. The most popular of the 7 island is East Izu, which sports ideal conditions for diving all year out. For those wishing to combine a diving trip around the Izu Peninsula with something more relaxing, the small town of Atami is just a stone throw away, a town famous for its excellent hot spring resorts.
Those on the lookout for a more diverse dive should head to West Izu, the place wherein the most amount of dive operators conduct their business. This makes the location ideal for beginners, with a few of the beaches being filled by divers. Another interesting fact to consider is that West Izu is home to diving spots protected by a cove, meaning that diving happens all year around, even among a storm.
The south of Izu also offers a variety of diving experiences, with Mikomoto being the most popular destination there. It takes quite a while to reach the ideal locations here, having to spend up to an hour on a boat to get there. These dives are aimed at the advanced divers, those with plenty of experience and the clearance to participate in deep dives of this level.
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