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Dive into Beautiful Coral Waters in Wakayama


Warmed by the Kuroshio Current, the waters off Kushimoto teem with colorful subtropical marine life. 


The Kii Peninsula in Wakayama is a gateway to unforgettable underwater experiences. This landmass jutting out into the Pacific Ocean is the southernmost point on Honshu Island and comes into contact with the Kuroshio Current, an ocean current that brings warm water, marine life, and nutrients to the region. Because of this, Kushimoto town, Wakayama, is home to some of the best coral diving experiences in Japan. 



Divers of all levels can immerse themselves in the largest community of Acroporidae table rock coral around Honshu. Apart from this dazzling display of color, you may also encounter a variety of marine life thriving in the warm waters of the Kuroshio Current. These include harlequin shrimp, Japanese butterfly rays, angel sharks, skates, seahorses, squid, stout chromis, jawfish, and so on. 


Your guides at Marine Stage specialize in underwater photography and will help you take the best shots while explaining the behavior of marine creatures that you may come across. 

Take the local train from Shin-Osaka Station (about four hours). 



Contribution to Sustainability

Kushimoto town, where you can see over 100 different types of coral, declared itself a coral town. The Kushimoto coastal area lies within Yoshino-Kuman National Park and was recognized by the Ramsar Convention in 2015, an international treaty to conserve wetlands.




638-1 Kushimoto, Kushimoto-cho, Higashimuro‑gun,  Wakayama-ken




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