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Diving Destination Tokyo Prefecture Izu Islands are a group of volcanic islands,the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

About Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. Unlike the urban jungle image Tokyo is actually full of nature. It forms part of the Kanto region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Especially the Islands chains is not easy to access and the inhabitants are small in numbers.
The Izu Islands are a group of volcanic islands and is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The islands in order from closest to Tokyo are Izu Oshima, Toshima, Niijima, Shikinejima, Kozushima, Miyakejima, Mikurajima, Hachijojima, and Aogashima. This Island is further connected to the Ogasawara Island chain, which is called the Galapagos of Asia.
Diving in Tokyo means diving in these Islands. The Islands are directly in the path of the warm Black currents path bringing in many tropical marine life from the south, and large school of fishes. At Oshima Island, you may encounter large school of Hammerhead sharks. The number of endemic species of animal life you see here in these Islands are also a treat.
Why not enjoy the modern Tokyo and then hop on a ferry or even fly down (you can only fly down to Hachioji jima Island) south to enjoy the untouched nature on your visit to Japan?

Hachijojima Island 

Tropical Paradise off the coast of Tokyo


Located 290km south from Tokyo, Hachijyojima Island can be described as a tropical Tokyo right in the path of the Black current(Warm current). It is only a 50min airplane ride from Haneda airport in Tokyo.
There are many diving points all around this 60km radius Island, all offering great visibility all year round. Due to it's isolated location in the middle of the Pacific, this Island is popular among the Japanese divers for it's dynamic underwater terrain and the diversity of marine life. The beautiful endemic Wrought-iron butterflyfish(Chaetodon daedalma) and Red tail trigger fish (Xanthichthys mento)are among the most favorites.




Izu Oshima 

Dynamic underwater landscape formaed by the underwater valcano


Izu Oshima is located at 120km south of Tokyo. You can take the 2hour fast ferry or fly 40min to this Island. As the Black current from the south hit's the Island directly, the visibility is good all year round.
Diving in Izu Oshima is 100% conducted in beach-entry style and the most famous beach spot would be, "Akinohama".
You can giant stride into the ocean and use a ladder to exit. The point offeres shallow water areas and also you can follow the reef to the deep wates as well.




Ogasawara Islands 

All photographs provided by Shuzo Koda

World natural heritage ocean in Tokyo


Although Ogasawara is Tokyo, it is 1,000km to the south from the center of the city. It is called the Galapagos of Asia. It is famous for the different types of whales and dolphins you may encounter in these waters. If your lucky, you may have a chance to dive in with them.




Kozujima Island 


4hours Jet ferry away, Kozujima Island is located in the middle of the Izu 7 Islands. Right on the path of the Black current, the ocean is very tropical with rain through out the year making this Island filled with nature, over and underwater.



Miyakejima Island 

Japanese area endemic species


Located 180km south of Tokyo, this Island was formed by an underwater volcano. Recent eruption with the Island residence evacuation off the Island occurred on 2000, just about 20years ago. Since then, the Island has recovered into a popular tourism site.
Due to it's formation, the underwater terrains are in one word "Dynamic". As the water temperature rising over to about 27-30C from the Summer to the Autumn seasons, Miyakejima has become a very popular diving location in Japan. You an enjoy Dolphin swimming on Mikurajima Island which is about an hour boat ride away.



Shikinejima Island 


Only a 3hour Jet ferry ride away from Tokyo, it is a 12km Island full of nature. Surrounded by saw tooth shores, it is a popular beach Island for local Japanese. Underwater, there is a famous underwater hot spring bent. You can sometimes see sea turtles visiting this unique underwater Onsen.

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