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Quality diving WITH topside in Japan?

Discussion in 'Japan' started by E.G.P, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. E.G.P

    E.G.P New

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: usa
    A good friend of mine is getting married in Tokyo at the end of March, 2019. Since I am coming from the states, I figure I will make a trip out of it and spend an extra ~2 weeks in Japan in early April. My wife and I are divers, but this is not the case for our 1 year old daughter or my parents (who have always wanted to go to Japan and who have decided to tag along to help with baby care in exchange for me doing the bookings and itinerary). Planning for this motley crew is a bit challenging, but since I am flying all the way to Asia, I definitely want to take the opportunity to get in the water while I am there.

    After doing some research, it seems pretty clear that the best diving is in Okinawa and associated islands. Unfortunately, it also seems like Okinawa is not particularly great for much else. It just doesn't seem like it is worth the trouble of traveling all the way there for the topside attractions list I can put together for the other members of the travel party.

    For those who know/live in Japan, I am curious what locations you think have the good combinations of diving and topside. Topside attractions could be cultural/historic or natural (my parents are nearing 70 but are fit and experienced hikers). Diving preferences are warmer water, reefs/walls/wildlife preferred over wrecks/caves/rock formations. I have looked into Yakushima which seems potentially interesting, though there isn't a great deal of info available on the diving there. I have looked at mainland Kagushima and Miyazaki as well, but again, have had a little trouble finding details on diving. We are all gaijin and would probably require a dive center with basic English/romance language competence.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
  2. Raystafarian

    Raystafarian Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Yokohama, Japan
    Well you have the area right, once you get north of Kyushu you'll be hard-pressed to find warm water that time of year. However, you might be near cherry blossom season and there are shrines/temples and hikes pretty much everywhere.
  3. Alfawolfje

    Alfawolfje Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tokyo
    I can put you in touch with a diving guide about anywhere. Just had a dive travel blogger friend of mine travel throughout Japan and she does not speak Japan and seems to have worked.
    I like Ishigaki for the mantas and the beautiful beaches but Kyushu might give you more non-beach/watersport activities like onsen etc. although too cold for wetsuits that time of year. If you do want to give Ishigaki a try, talk to Prime Scuba. PM me if you have more questions.

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