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About Akita

Diving in Akita Prefecture offers a unique opportunity to explore the diverse marine ecosystems along its picturesque coastline, where the warmth of the Tsushima warm current from the South creates a contrast to the cold winters of northern Japan. While Akita may be best known for its scenic landscapes and cultural attractions, its coastal waters also provide a haven for diving enthusiasts seeking underwater adventures.

The Oga Peninsula, a prominent feature of Akita's coastline, offers a variety of dive sites characterized by rocky reefs, vibrant kelp forests, and clear waters. Divers can expect to encounter a rich diversity of marine life, including colorful fish, crustaceans, and other fascinating creatures endemic to the region.

Despite the cold winters in northern Japan, the coastal areas of Akita benefit from the moderating influence of the Tsushima warm current, creating relatively mild conditions for diving year-round. Whether you're exploring underwater caves, observing marine life in rocky formations, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the underwater world, Akita's dive sites offer something for divers of all interests and skill levels.

While diving infrastructure in Akita may be less developed compared to other coastal regions, there are opportunities for guided diving excursions and equipment rental for those interested in exploring the region's underwater treasures. Local dive operators can provide insights into the best dive sites and assist divers in enjoying a safe and memorable diving experience.

Whether you're a beginner looking to take your first dive or an experienced enthusiast seeking new underwater adventures, diving in Akita Prefecture promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Japan's underwater world. So pack your gear, dive into the crystal-clear waters off the Oga Peninsula, and immerse yourself in the natural wonders waiting beneath the surface.


Local Areas

Akita Area Map

Areas in Akita

Oga Peninsula

Majestic rock Formation

Located on the west part of Akiya prefecture, Oga peninsula is surrounded by different Ocean from rocky shores to the beautiful sandy deach.
The beautiful kandscape was chosen as  "100 Landscapes of Japan ".
Altough the area itself may have the image of cold climates due to the image of the rough "Sea of Japan", the Tsushima warm current makes this a warm diving location. The visibility is also said to be stable during the main diving season..
After diving, you can reflesh yourself by enjoying the many Japanese onsen facilities in this area.

The diving is restricted between June and October as the onland weather conditions are unstable during winter to early summer seasons.  

What you can see

June to October:
-Bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana)
-Grass puffer (Takifugu niphobles)
-Variety of nudibranch
-Variety of Shrinps and Crabs
-Variety of Macro marine life

Early summer:
-Smooth lumpsucker(Aptocyclus ventricosus)