小笠原について

An everlasting preserve

The Ogasawara Islands are oceanic islands comprised of about 30 islands of various sizes, including Mukojima Islands, Chichijima Islands, Hahajima Islands, Iwo Islands, Okinotori Island, Minamitorishima and Nishinoshima from north to south. As they are in the ocean separated from Tokyo by about one thousand kilometers, a lot of uniquely evolved, endemic plants and animals are found on the islands.

Minamijima, located southwest of Chichijima, has submerged karst topography, and Ohgi Ike is so beautiful that you'll feel like you've been transported to a different world.

On Anijima precious dry scrub forest, full of endemic species including the katamaimai snail can be found. On the other hand , Sekimon Area on Hahajima is the forest ecosystem preservation area where extremely precious endemic species composed mainly of the hydrarch tall tree forest.

In addition, 58 percent of Ogasawara Islands has been designated as the Ogasawara National Park by Natural Parks Act, 53 percent of the Islands as the forest ecosystem preservation area by Forestry Agency, Minamijima, and Hahajima Sekimon Area as Tokyo Wilderness Preservation Promoting Area.

No people have lived on Minami Iwo to, and it has been designated as Wilderness Preservation Area by the Ministry of the Environment.

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