Miyakejima island

Year of compilation: 2007

Site description
Miyakejima, which is located about 180 km south-southwest of Tokyo metropolitan area, is a volcanic island with the circumference of nearly 35 km and with an area of 55.5 km2. This island has experienced repeated volcanic eruptions, and some distinctive volcanic features like Tairo-ike pond and the former Shinmyo-ike pond can be seen everywhere on the island. From the shore to the area around 450 m above the sea level, we can see evergreen broadleaf forests which mainly consist of Castanopsis cuspdata , Machilus tunbergii and Camellia japonica, etc., as well as secondary forests which consist of some kinds of Alnus japonica and Prunus speciosa, etc.

Key biodiversity

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Miyakejima island. Downloaded from on 07/03/2021.