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Japan Environment Quarterly (JEQ)
Volume 17 | March 2017

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National Parks of Japan

Designation of the Amami Gunto National Park


Makoto Kobayashi

National Park Division, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment

Looking up the sky through Amami's forest
MAP: Amami Gunto National Park

Japan's 34th national park, Amami Gunto National Park, has been established. The Amami Gunto (Amami Islands) is located in the southern part of Kagoshima Prefecture and consists of eight islands with different characteristics, namely, Amami-Oshima Island, Kakeroma Island, Ukejima Island, Yorojima Island, Kikaijima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Okinoerabu Island and Yoron Island. The Amami Gunto National Park has a variety of natural environments such as Japan's largest subtropical evergreen broadleaf forests (laurilignosa trees), unique or rare fauna and flora including Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi), sea cliffs of Ryukyu limestone, coral reefs located at the northern limit of the world coral reef distribution, mangroves and tidal flats. You can enjoy a variety of experiences here, such as visiting scenic spots, taking a walk in the subtropical evergreen broadleaf forest, canoeing, diving, exploring underwater landscapes on a glass bottom boat, swimming in the sea and observing wild animals. Please do come visit the new national park.

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