GENERAL INFORMATION ON DIVING IN JAPAN
NPO Japan Diving Experience’s Dive In Japan’s website, one of the most extensive references on Japanese diving, and offering support to help non Japanese-speakers organise dive trips in Japan
Includes comprehensive info on areas of interest and Japanese marine life as well as advice pages and
Dive in Japan’s dive site per prefecture database
This is the NPO’s older website
Marine diving is one of Japan’s leading diving-related publications, and these English language articles feature great practical information on different diving areas in Japan, including Marine Diving’s English pages on recommended Japanese dive spots.
An older, no-longer updated information site is japandiver.com
GENERAL PRACTICAL INFO ON JAPAN
VARIOUS ARTICLES AND BLOG ENTRIES ON DIVING IN JAPAN
BLOGS WITH ENTRIES ON DIVING IN JAPAN
Bonnie Waycott’s Rising Bubbles blog hasn’t been updated for a while, but is full of information on diving in Japan based on Bonnie’s personal experiences across the archipelago.
Florine Quirion’s World Adventure Divers blog has great entries on diving in Japan
PODCASTS / VLOGS
YOU TUBE CHANNELS AND PLAYLISTS ON DIVING IN JAPAN
BLUE JAPAN’s YouTube playlist offers a selection of videos on diving in Japan, that will be expanded in the near future
FACEBOOK GROUPS ON DIVING IN JAPAN
NPO Japan Diving experience’s Facebook group, with great pictures of Japanese diving, especially Osezaki’s macro / deep-water critter sightings
Sylvie Omnès’ Plonger au Japon Facebook group in French, English and Japanese
BOOKS ON DIVING IN JAPAN
Bonnie Waycott was one of the most productive diving bloggers and source of English language diving-related material on Japanese diving.
Here is an interview: Bonnie Waycott.com – interview with Japan’s Diver magazine
Tim Rock interviewed on Dive Happy Podcast
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS IN JAPAN
Here is a small selection of Japanese underwater photographers and videographers:
ONLINE MAGAZINES ENTRIES ON DIVING IN JAPAN
MARINE DIVING ENGLISH PAGES
JAPANESE DIVE PUBLICATIONS / BLOGS
Major Japanese dive publications include:
Marine Diving (which includes their magazine for female divers, La Scuba)
Oceana is currently one of the most active Japanese-language blogging / info platforms on diving, related activities and the sea.
Agent WTP’s Official World Explorer blog on marine travel
Divingpoint.net has an extensive list of Japanese dive sites
FRESHWATER AND LAKE DIVING IN JAPAN
ICE DIVING IN JAPAN
WRECK DIVING IN JAPAN
Pacificwrecks.com – Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Islands)
Beautiful pictures of the Ogasawara Islands’WWII wrecks can be found here.
LIVEABOARD DIVE CRUISES IN JAPAN
Stingray Cruises organise boat trips and short liveaboard cruises around northern Kyūshū’s Genkai Sea and Saikai area (islands of Okinoshima, Iki islands, and Gotō islands), as well as south Kyūshū’s Satsunan Islands.
Their Satsunan Island operations, Tokara Discovery Cruises, offer 3, 4, 5 and 7 night exploratory cruises around the Tokara islands / Satsunan archipelago area, but for logistical reasons, this is probably still off-the-map for non-Japanese speakers.
Stingray (Discovery) Cruises
Tokara Discovery Cruises
AMA DIVERS IN JAPAN
Modern freediver Emily Corinne Tucker went to dive with amas in Mie Prefecture in 2015, this is her report on the Deeperblue.com forum
REMOTE ISLANDS AND REMOTE AREAS OF JAPAN
CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY IN JAPAN
Earth Blogs entry on fisheries of Japan
A 2010/2011 White Paper on Fisheries of Japan
An article on Marine Biodiversity in Japanese Waters
Fish ID databases
Post-2011 tsunami rehabilitation efforts
Green Fins is initiative that protects and conserves coral reefs through environmental guidelines that promote a sustainable diving and snorkelling industry.
The following conservation tools and infographic posters highlighting best practices for operators are available for free download in multiple languages, including English, Japanese and French.
The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has a collection dedicated references on coral in Japan and conservation issues accessible here: http://www.env.go.jp/nature/biodic/coralreefs/reference/contents.html
Maria Beger Pages on surveys of tropical to temperate coral reefs of Japan
30% of the world’s northernmost coral reef on Tsushima Island was damaged in a 2015/2016, bleaching event
Good information on the impact of sunscreen on coral reefs and the marine environment is available on this NOAA article on Skincare Chemical and Coral Reefs
National Geographic also has a good article here
Information posters on good practices near coral reefs are also available here.
Manta rays and human interaction
Information on giant “oceanic” manta ray sightings in the Ogasawara/Bonin islands can be found here
Good information on the impact of human interactions on manta rays is available on mantatrust.org ‘s site, and the Marine Megafauna Foundation has an information video here. You can also refer to code of conduct for interactions such as the one proposed by Mantawatch.com or others here or here
DIVING AGENCIES IN JAPAN
As in most Asian countries, Japanese diving is primarily done under the influence of the RSTC framework.
The RSTC, or WRSTC, stands for World Recreational Scuba Training Council, and is an organisation created in 1999 to establish common minimum recreational diving training standards for its affiliated scuba diving certification agencies.
Most of the affiliated agencies are North American-based, commercial associations such as PADI, SSI, SDI or NAUI, sharing unified training standards and certification levels (Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster etc…).
Looking at World Recreation Scuba Training Council (RSTC) affiliated agencies, PADI is the market leader – PADI Asia-Pacific’s Japan branch has issued more than 2 million certifications in the country since the first international office was established in Tōkyō in 1979, which gives it the second place for country with the most PADI-certified divers in the world.
NAUI is also quite represented in Japan, being the oldest RSTC agency established in the country (1970), and, as elsewhere in Asia, SSI dive-shop affiliations are on the rise, as is the SDI/TDI presence in the country (appreciated for its handy links to the TDI tech diving curriculum)
Japan also has a number CMAS affiliated diving federations, including:
the Japan-CMAS (JCS),
the CMAS Instructor Association Japan (JCIA),
the Japan Educational Facilities Federation (JEFF),
the Kansai Sports Diving Federation Japan (KD Japan),
the Marine Techno Educational System Diving Division (MTES)
and the Japan Underwater Sports Federation (JUSF), focussing on underwater sports activities.
Sharing similar standards to those of CMAS (of once it was once a member), the BSAC is also has an active presence in Japan.
OTHER DIVING ASSOCIATIONS IN JAPAN
Other than agencies, other diving related initiatives in Japan include the rather unique
Scuba Diving Guide Association (Guide-Kai) dedicated to the promotion of Japan’s famous scuba-guides
or the Japan Scuba Diving Association,
and also an association for professional divers, the Japan Dive Association (JDA).
TECHNICAL DIVING IN JAPAN
Divezonetokyo.com is particularly technical diving-friendly, especially in the services offered by their Osezaki operations.
FREEDIVING IN JAPAN
On the freediving side of things, other than the freediving curriculums offered by RSTC scuba-agencies, you’ll find an AIDA federation,
There is also an Apnea Academy affiliated operations, or the freediving section of the CMAS affiliated Japanese UW sports federation for instance, and freediving will no doubt be growing in Japan as it is elsewhere.
Japanese freediving champion Ryuzo SHINOMIYA runs an AIDA school based on Okinawa Main Island, called apnea works. They organise freediving training sessions and tours, including to the Ogasawara Islands
DIVE SITE LISTS
LINKS ON DIVING IN HOKKAIDŌ
Proscubadiver.nets – Yoron Island: Japan’s Hidden Paradise (Kyūshū)
Japantimes.co.jp – Yoronto: A small island with unique culture where time and space expand (Kyūshū)
Divereport.com – Tokunoshima: The Home of Turtles and Whales! (Kyūshū)
LINKS ON DIVING IN OKINAWA
Okinawa Main Island
ENGLISH-FRIENDLY DIVE CENTRES IN JAPAN
GENERAL PRACTICAL INFO ON JAPAN
WEATHER IN JAPAN
DRIVING IN JAPAN
OTHER DIVING BLOGS (not specifically on Japan)
FRIENDS AND OTHER LINKS