Water Sports

As an island nation with a high rain fall, Japan is an ideal destination for water sports of all kinds: from whitewater canoeing to sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, and surfing, the quantity and quality of water sports rivals anywhere in the world.

With no part of the country more than 93 miles from the coast, Japan is a wonderful vacation destination for those who love to mix culture with relaxation, and combine temples and castles with time on the beach, catching some waves, or exploring Japan’s marine life from a less culinary angle.

Japan’s hot summers make this particularly tempting, and though there are adequate beaches near Tokyo at Kamakura and Enoshima, and the lovely sandy coves that make the island of Miyajima are especially attractive at this time of year, the best beaches require a special trip, which we would happily add to your tailor made tour of Japan. Inland, the same mountains that make for such great skiing in the winter provide whitewater in the summers, and rafting, kayaking, and canoeing adventures can all be arranged during your tailor made holiday.

In spring and fall, sub-tropical Okinawa is the best place to visit for water sports, with lovely coral atolls providing wonderful places to relax as well as great dive spots. The mangroves native to the area are best explored by sea kayak, and many of the resorts have kayaks and wind surfers available for guests.


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Japan is not well known as a top diving destination, but there are excellent dive spots throughout the archipelago – from Okinawan coral reefs in the far south to ice diving in Hokkaido’s cold northern waters. Japan’s rugged coastlines, where warm and cold ocean currents collide, are renowned for their variety of aquatic life. They…

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Japan’s location, at the edge of the Pacific Rim, make it an excellent destination for surfing – at the eastern edge of the country there is very little to break the surf all the way to California. Deep sea swells coming in off the Pacific make for spectacular surfing, and while the pros relish the…

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