Article by the Japan National Tourism Organization published on 2011/7
In June 2011, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has inscribed Ogasawara Islands (Ogasawara-mura, Tokyo) and Hiraizumi (Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate Prefecture) on the World Heritage List as a Natural Heritage site and a Cultural Heritage site respectively. Following the inscriptions of Shiretoko (Hokkaido) in 2005 and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape (Oda City, Shimane Prefecture) in 2007, it increased the number of the World Heritage sites in Japan to sixteen. This time, we will introduce Ogasawara Islands, a World Heritage site in the Pacific Ocean. How about going to the paradise in the ocean created by the great subtropical nature to watch whales and a sky full of stars?