UNESCO Partnership: Ogasawara Islands - Japan

11.06.12

The Ogasawara Islands are located in the Western Pacific Ocean about 620 miles to the south of the main Japanese archipelago. The group is made up of over 30 islands scattered over a distance of some 250 miles. The site covers 30.6 square miles, and is made up of a land area of 24.5 square miles and a marine sector of 6.1 square miles. Only two of the islands are inhabited: Chichijima and Hahajima. The Ogasawara Islands have been inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2011.

The scenery varies by island groups and the individual islands. The Chichijima group of islands are all in the form of plateaux of rolling plains bordered by cliffs giving onto the sea, while the Mukojima group consists of wholly flat islands surrounded by sea cliffs. The islands have a maritime subtropical climate characterised by a low annual temperature range.

Bearing in mind the location of the islands, the plant species present are the reflection of a mixture of origins: numerous species originate from subtropical Southeast Asia, while others show more northerly origins in the main Japanese archipelago. In the seas surrounding the islands 795 species of fish, 23 species of cetaceans and 226 species of hermatypic coral have been identified. The ocean surrounding the archipelago is known as an ideal habitat for turtles and migrating cetaceans.

Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to view photographic coverage and videos about the Ogasawara Islands from 6 November onwards on the website of The New York Times.