Ogasawara Archipelago

Ogasawara, also known as the Bonin islands, is an archipelago of over 30 volcanic islands located 1000 km south of Tokyo by a 25 hour ferry ride. Chichijima (2000 residents) and Hahajima (400 residents) are the only inhabited islands. Despite the remote location, a unique cultural past and pristine natural environment serve as the foundation for what has become one of the youngest populations in Japan.  Established as a Unesco World Natural Heritage site in 2011 for its evolutionary processes and large number of endemic species, many visitors come to the island for diving and hiking in the mountains.


For more information about Ogasawara you can visit the tourism website as well as my friend Ludy’s  website, “The Bonin Base,” where he discusses the island in detail in English.




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