The Japanese archipelago consists of nearly 7,000 islands, ranging from the massive main island of Honshu to tiny uninhabited outcroppings, nearly all of which host unique ecosystems and species of plants and animals. Several of Japan’s southern islands, including Tokunoshima, Iriomote-jima, Amami Oshima, and Northern Okinawa Island, are being considered for registration as World Natural Heritage Sites. Home to tropical forests, gorgeous coastlines and beaches, and vibrant coral reefs, they are just a few examples of the natural beauty that can be found in Japan.

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