Japanese Hound Shark heaven
Ito Tateyama Chiba "Shark Scramble" is one of the hottest topics for the Japan region diving scene for some time.
It is the work of Mr. Kan Shiota, the Diving Shop owner of "Bommie" (Which is the only resort Diving shop for this Diving spot) who received a request for the local fisherman to solve the shark issue which the fisherman was facing at the time.
The local fisherman didn't want the sharks to be caught in the nets as they were damaging the fishes they want to send to the market. Mr. Shiota says that the sharks that was caught was also being damaged as they were thrown back to the ocean. To solve this issue, Mr. Shiota set out to lure the sharks away from the fishing nets.
With the shark population stable, and presumably happy, we are very lucky to have this wonderful diving spot just a few hours away from Tokyo.
To dive at Ito, you can either use the only resort diving shop "Bommie" or searched for City diving shops near you and join their excursion trip out to Ito.
*Please note that there is another diving area called ITO in Shizuoka prefecture. (This ITO is in Chiba prefecture)
It is an Island located at the south side of Tateyama bay, this location was graded "AA"for it's water grade survey 10yeats ago. It is not actually an Island now, as it is connected by a sand bar. This diving site are mainly, shallow rocky bottom to sandy bottom sea beds.
A day trip destination from Tokyo, Handa is popular among the novice divers. With shallow water and minimum current, it offers divers a relaxing dive. The site is also popular because of the various corals you can see. From hard corals to soft corals, it is often referred as a "beautiful" underwater gardens.
A diving site to consider.
If your Ok with Zoos and aquariums, Hazama is a place to check. Due to the local fishing method(Stationary nets), there are many large marine animals caught in the nets through out the year. The Underwater Park has a large area of net enclosure to house these large animals when it is caught by the local fisherman. If your lucky, you can see Whale sharks, Mola Mola here. There are over 10 diving spots in the area and the underwater shrine and it's idol, Asian sheepshead wrasse(Semicossyphus reticulatus) is also a site to see.
A dynamic ocean where the warm current and the cold current collide. Relatively close to Tokyo and with the Kamogawa SeaWorld, it is a popular day trip destination for many Japanese families.
The underwater environment is exciting. During the winter time, there is a hole where dozens of whitetip reef shark(Triaenodon obesus) hides during the day. During the other seasons, you see cold water fish and warm water tropical fishes coexisting in the same habitat.
Pristine diving point in the Tokyo region
With it's saw tooth shaped coastline, Katsuura has long time flourished as a major fishing port of the region. The morning market has been around for more than 400years, and is now a popular tourist spot with many visitors through out the year.
Katsuura is located on the east coast of southern Chiba Prefecture in the approximate center of the Boso Peninsula. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east.Only 75km from the center of Tokyo, it's only a 2hour drive, a day trip away.
Still a new diving area, you can enjoy the pristine underwater environment.
Located on the Pacific side of the Chiba Peninsula, Namegawa offers both dynamic reef diving and Macro diving to the local divers. The "Maguro-ne" is a large reef (800m x 2km), with constant fast current, the marine animals around this reef are constantly large in numbers. There are diving points that are only 3-5m deep with many nudibranch and small marine animals.
Warm/cold ocean currents colliding to nurture abundant marine life
Nishikawana is located at the far southern tip of the Boso Peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean to the east and south, and the entrance to Tokyo Bay on the west.
Only a 1.5hours drive from the center of Tokyo, it's visibility makes this diving spot a popular destination for the Tokyo area divers.
The lining up of Beard grunt(Hapalogenys nigripinnis) is very famous at this diving point.You can slowly craw up to them to about 10-20cm to take a perfect underwater photo of this creature.