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About Miyagi

This prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan.
It is located in the central part of Tohoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. Matsushima is known as one of the three most scenic views of Japan, with a bay filled with small islands(260) .

23% of the area was designated as Natural Parks, such as the Rikuchu Kaigan National Park; Kurikoma, Minami Sanriku Kinkasan, and Zao Quasi-National Parks; and Abukuma Keikoku, Asahiyama, Funagata Renpo, Futakuchi Kyōkoku, Kenjosan Mangokuura, Kesennuma, Matsushima and Zao Kogen Prefectural Natural Parks.

Local Areas

Miyagi Area Map

Areas in Miyagi

Shizukawa

Grunt Sculpin in Winter

Besides the Alaska and Canada, Port of Shizukawa in winter is the only place in Japan where you have the chance to see the rare odd looking GruntSculpin(Rhamphocottus richardsonii). Besides this popular rare critter, this diving site offeres macro divers a time of their diving life.

What you can see

All year round:
-Variety of nudibranch
-Variety of Shrimps and Crabs
-Variety of Tropical marine animals
-Lethotremus awae
-Fringed blenny(Chirolophis japonicus Herzenstein,)
-Common Skete(Raja kenojei)
-Spider crab(Pugettia quadridens)
-Liparis punctatus

During winter season:
-GruntSculpin(Rhamphocottus richardsonii)

Onagawa-Takeura

Dive the sawtooth shaped coastline

Onagawa is famous for the tragidy caused by the tsunami of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Before the tsunami, this was famous globally as one of the  world's three major fishing grounds. This is due to the mixing point of the Black current(Warm current) and the Oyashio(Cold current) just off the coast of this area.  The tragedy of the tsunami is still visible in this area but at the same time, the reconstruction and recovery process are seen as well. For diving, due to the mineral rich ocean, the recovery is slowly but surely seen underwater. If your lucky, you may encounter the loveable, grunt sculpin (Rhamphocottus richardsonii) during your diving.

All photos provided by Shuzo Koda 

What you can see

All year round:
-Variety of nudibranch
-Variety of Shrimps and Crabs
-Variety of Macro marine life

During the Summer season:
-Eyeshade sculpin (Nautichthys pribilovius )
-Beauty goby(Pterogobius zacalles)

During the Winter season:
-Grunt sculpin (Rhamphocottus richardsonii)
-Lethotremus awae

Average Water Temperatures

Miyagi Water Temperatur