Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Ogasawara Islands, Japan

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1772

This heritage site is located approximately 1,000 km south of Tokyo, Japan. It consists of three groups of more than 30 islands with a land area of 73.9 km2. The island landscape is diverse and is home to endangered species such as the Bonin flying fox, 195 species of endangered birds and a large number of wild animals. A total of 441 species of native plant groups have been discovered on the island group. The surrounding waters contain a wide variety of fish, otters and coral. The ecosystem of the Ogasawara Islands has experienced a series of biological evolution processes because they contain not only plant species from southeast and northwest Asia but also numerous indigenous endemic species.

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