Notably, the Ogasawara Islands have never been connected to any continent at any point in history. And this means that the ecosystem found on the islands is rare and quite unlike any other island environment.
This distinctive subtropical environment is home to a roster of rare and endemic species, ranging from flora to fauna. In addition to plant and animal life on the islands, the marine life across the islands is just as remarkable, too. The island region supports a myriad of fish species, chains of coral reefs can be found just below the ocean’s glimmering surface, and sea life, such as green sea turtles, flourish throughout the island-peppered area.
Today, only two of the islands within the region are populated, Hahajima and Chichijima.
In an effort to conserve and protect the natural beauty and delicate wildlife found throughout the area, guests and visitors are required to undergo a series of tasks prior to visiting the islands.
Some of these mindful tasks include the removal of all dirt and plant seeds from clothing and shoes with the assistance of a floor mat or adhesive roller. Visitors are also asked not to bring any non-native species to the islands — think non-native fruits, seeds.
And finally, a general rule for all wildlife encounters, conservationists and wildlife experts urge visitors to keep a safe distance from the native wildlife that’s found on the islands.
Also, do keep in mind that some of the islands that make up the Ogasawara Islands are inaccessible, and some islands only allow visits when travelers are accompanied by a certified nature guide.