#5 - Scuba Diving or Snorkeling in Okinawa
WHAT IS IT?
Beach holidays are not usually the first thing most people would think of when thinking about going to Japan. But there are some sublime beaches to be found in the country, and Okinawa, as the largest of Japan’s southern islands, has its fair share. Okinawa is actually closer to Taiwan than it is Tokyo and is sub-tropical, meaning its climate is markedly different from (and warmer than) mainland Japan hundreds of miles to the north. Beautiful coastlines, palm trees, plenty of beaches, crystal clear aquamarine seas, coral reefs and sea caves make this the perfect place to try your hand at snorkeling or scuba diving and there are dozens of local companies specializing in taking groups to the best spots.
WHEN TO GO?
Any time of the year is possible. Even in midwinter temperatures rarely go below 15%C in Okinawa and there are far fewer tourists (local or otherwise) so if your preference is for a bit of solitude as part of the experience then think about going non-peak season.
Visit Okinawa website: http://www.visitokinawa.jp/oin/wp-content/ uploads/2010/05/0600003580.html