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Celebrate Christmas Underwater in Japan!
December 18, 2019

How about celebrating Christmas underwater this year?
Dive sites in Japan place Christmas trees underwater during the holiday season.
Here are some popular dive sites where you can dive with, and even decorate the underwater Christmas trees!

Eastern Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture
Izu Oceanic Park (IOP)

Izu Oceanic Park is a dive site famous for the mailbox placed underwater all year long. You can actually send letters from the bottom of the ocean!
Now, a giant Christmas tree is placed at the depth of 20m.

Christmas costume rental:
Available

Christmas Event:
November 23 ~ December 25
Find the mini Santa Claus hidden somewhere in the dive site!

Information & photos from IOP Diving Center

Eastern Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture
Futo

Futo is a popular dive site for divers living in Kanto region. So many macro creatures to see! 😊 A Christmas tree is placed in Yokobama, Futo’s beach dive site, at the depth of about 7~8 m. You can bring the Christmas ornaments underwater and decorate!

Christmas costume rental:
Available depending on the dive shop

Christmas Event:
December 21
“X’mas Night Diving”
Watch the Christmas tree light up during night dive, and enjoy hot soup afterwards.
Exit time: 7pm

Information & photos from MARINE STAGE

Western Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture
Osezaki

Osezaki is probably the most famous dive site in Japan. During winter, many deep-sea fish tend to appear, attracting many divers’ attention.
This year, a pink Christmas tree was placed in the inner bay of Osezaki.

Christmas costume rental:
Available depending on the dive shop

Christmas Event:
Tree light up/ Weekdays 1pm ~ 2pm, Weekends 6pm~7:30pm
Special light up/ Night of December 21

Information & photos from Hagoromo Marine Service

Western Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture
Koganezaki

Koganezaki is a fun dive site with amazing beach where many macro creatures thrive. During the Christmas season, 2 Christmas trees and a wreath are placed underwater.

Christmas costume rental:
Available

Information & photos from Koganezaki Dive Center

Kii Peninsula, Wakayama Prefecture
Kushimoto

A Christmas tree was also placed in the ocean of Kushimoto, one of the best dive sites in West Japan.

Some of the 2019’s surprising ocean news reported from Kushimoto are:
Wrought Iron Butterflyfish
Super Rare Manta Ray Visit
Humpback Whale Encounter

Christmas costume rental:
Available depending on the dive shop

Information & photos from Bubble Ring Divers

Happy Holidays!

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