Since the Ogasawara Islands have always been remote, never being adjacent to a continent since they were formed, animals and plants have evolved in their own way there. There are over 100 kinds of indigenous plants and more than 14 kinds of animals that are native to the islands, such as the Ogasawara damselfly, all designated as protected species. Water-eroded high cliffs surround the island making the scenery even more magnificent, and the area is a popular spot for divers. The seawater around Hyotan-jima, Minami-jima and Hira-shima islands, all belonging to the Ogasawara Archipelago, has very high clarity and the sea is full of coral reefs and tropical fish.
More info: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/tokyo/ogasawarashotou.html
Fantastic insight into Japan's diverse history.
The Japanese sense of luxury - a pinnacle of service and quality.
Satisfy the most discerning of palettes, as well as the strictest of budgets.
A diamond in the rough for ski enthusiasts and families worldwide.
Visualize Japan's treasured heritage and its cutting-edge future.
Explore everything Japanese pop culture has to offer.
Discover the wild charms of Japan’s northern frontier.