Ogasawara Islands IN TOKYO
The Ogasawara Islands are located about 1,000 km to the south of Tokyo. They consist of about 30 islands of varying sizes that are surrounded by vertical cliffs and the sea. As the islands have never been connected to a continent, the life the comprise these unique environments are the descendants of fauna and flora that arrived there by chance.
Yakushima IN KAGOSHIMA
Yakushima is situated between the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, about 60 km to the south of the southernmost tip of the main island of Kyushu. The mountain range, of which Mt. Miyanoura-dake (1,936 m) is the highest peak, is located at the center of the island. Due to its height, visitors can view the natural vegetation of Japan, which stretches from the north to the south,on this single island.
Shirakami Sanchi IN AOYAMA / AKITA
Shirakami-Sanchi is the general term for a mountainous region, with elevations from approximately 200 m to 1,250 m, that straddles the prefectural border between the southwestern part of the Aomori Prefecture and the north-western part of the Akita Prefecture. There is the largest primeval beech forest in East Asia, having been untouched by human development.
Shiretoko IN HOKKAIDO
The Shiretoko Peninsula is located in the north-eastern part of Hokkaido, with sheer cliffs, wetlands and lakes, as well as steep volcanic mountains of about 1,500 m. The vast quantities of plankton produced here forms the starting point for the food chain that sustains the rich ecosystems of Shiretoko, linking the ocean, rivers and forests.