Ogasawara archipelago ( leiya Salis )

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Human Geography presentation on tourism last year. All slides created my members of my geography class ( Creators names are in brackets )

Human Geography presentation on tourism last year. All slides created my members of my geography class ( Creators names are in brackets )

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  • Note: the archipelago was NEVER connected to a mainland in the past; that’s why it has organisms you can never find on continents!An archipelago is a group of small islands
  • Sakaiura Beach was a world war 2 battle site. There is a submerged warship in the coast and it is very popular with snorkelers.


  • 1. OGASAWARA ARCHIPELAGO By: Leiya Salis February 19th, 2013
  • 2. What is the Ogasawara Archipelago?  The Ogasawara Archipelago is a group of small islands located 1000km south of Tokyo, on the Pacific Ocean.  It was discovered in 1593 by one of the lieges of the royal families of Japan.  It was recently registered (2011) as a World Heritage Site due to its unique landform and natural evolution.
  • 3. Map of Ogasawara
  • 4. Attractions at the sea and coast    Whale-watching and dolphin swimming Snorkeling is also very popular, especially in the Minamizaki Beach. White sand beaches like Kopepe Beach, Minamijima Beach and Sakaiura Beach. Minamijima Beach, south of Chichijima Island.
  • 5. Minamizaki Coral Kopepe Beach
  • 6. Attractions on land     One can go to the battle grounds form World War II in Chichijima, specifically, Sakaiura Beach. Trekking is very popular too, especially in Mount Kofuji, located in Hahajima and Mount Chuo in Chichijima. Night tours are also very popular. There are a lot of organisms which cannot be found on any other place in the world. (eg. the Bonin White Eyes, the Meguro, the Bonin Flying Fox etc.)
  • 7. Mount Chuo Observatory
  • 8. Negative Impacts of Tourism in Ogasawara Archipelago    Overfishing is a major problem in Ogasawara due to the popularity of sushi and other Japanese fish dishes with both foreign and local tourists. Many footpaths in Mount Chuo have been eroded due to the ever increasing number of tourists. The sea turtle population is diminishing since it is a major source of income for the locals.
  • 9. Positive Impacts of Tourism in the Ogasawara Archipelago    All natural habitats are protected by UNESCO and the Japanese government. Logging and felling of trees, destruction of plants for souvenirs and camping is illegal. Tourism has actually saved some animal species. Recently a the Bonin pigeon conservation programme was enacted, to protect these endangered birds. Due to the Ogasawara Management Committee, the number of people allowed to come to the Archipelago was controlled. This has decreased the number of damaged footpaths and littered beaches.  One cannot stay in Ogasawara for more than 4
  • 10. More Positive Impacts    About 10 years ago, a new law was made in Ogasawara; no foreign seeds, plant embryo or animal is allowed in the island. This is to protect the natural balance of the fragile ecosystem in Ogasawara. All forests and mountains are off-limits to tourists if they have no tour guide. This is so that the plants and animals can be protected from them. Animals which were known to be endangered before the tourism boom in Ogasawara are now tracked and conserved by the authorities. This is to sustain the tourism industry for the future.