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Japan's northen limit for native banyan trees

Fukue Island of the Goto Islands, Nagasaki, Japan


Banyan trees are tropical/subtropical plants commonly found in southern Asian countries including the southern Japanese islands such as the Nansei Islands and the Ogasawara islands. However, you can also find them growing natively on the Goto Islands, which is fascinating if you think about the latitude of the Goto Islands (32 degrees north).

Most of the Goto Islands are designated under part of Saikai National Park.


The Goto Islands is a chain of about 140 islands located about 100km off the coast of Nagasaki city.

Even though these islands are located at 32 degrees north latitude, underwater is tropical all around the year with coral reefs and tropical fish, due to the Kuroshio Current (warm ocean current).


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Taken on September 10, 2011