The Ogasawara Islands (also Volcanic Islands), constitute an archipelago belonging to Japan, formed by approximately 30 islands located 1,000 km from the center of the city of Tokyo
The Ogasawara Islands were discovered for Europeans by the expedition under the command of the Spanish navigator Bernardo de la Torre on October 2, 1543
In the 1830s these islands were populated by a small number of Hawaiians from which their current inhabitants are partly descended. In 1875 after a Russian expedition, England claimed sovereignty over these islands, at the same time Spain claimed its rights, but in 1880 the Japanese government incorporated the archipelagos in the Tokyo prefecture, Japanese control over these islands was ratified internationally at the end of the First World War.
The only inhabited islands are Chichijima and Hahajima.
The patrimony of humanity
As the islands were isolated from the mainland for many years, a number of precious plants and animals are found.
Therefore, they are known as “The Eastern Galapagos Islands.”
Recently, they are declared as a heritage of humanity by nature on June 24 in 2011.
How can we go there?
In the Ogasawara Islands, there are no airports, so we have to use boats that leave from the port of Takeshiba (Tokyo).