Upon request, the Marine Center accepts students from various schools and institutions for extramural training and thesis work. We hope to be of some help in the field of the natural environment, and in other fields as well. We can share with you the technology and information we have cultivated since the founding of the Ogasawara Marine Center, including the ecology and research of green turtles and humpback whales and environmental education using this information as learning materials.


Transportation: You are responsible for your own expenses. 

*Please contact the local boat administrative company, Ogasawara Kaiun, for information on fares and schedules for the Ogasawara Maru boatliner.


Cost: 500 yen used to fund our sea turtle conservation activities if you stay at the Marine Center. Also an additional instruction fee of 2,000 yen will be charged. Total: 2,500 yen per day.

  • In the case of lodging in the Marine Center, food and other items will be purchased jointly with the volunteers present at the time.
  • If you are a commuter, you will be charged only the instruction fee.



  • We will only accept students who are willing to work on their own initiative and themes (i.e., the objectives of the school or institution). We do not provide a curriculum or program.
  • If the only purpose is to gain work experience, please check our work experience page.
  • If you wish to stay overnight on the Ocean Center grounds, please note that volunteers will be given priority. We cannot accept you unless there is a vacancy, especially during the spring and summer vacation seasons. If you are interested in staying at the center, please contact us first.
  • If you are not able to swim with three items (mask, snorkel, and fins), you may not be able to accompany a sea turtle survey.


【Please contact us for further information.】

Call, fax, or send us an email info@bonin-ocean.net

To apply, you will need to prepare a request form, resume, request for facility use, research plan, and other necessary documents. Since the founding of the Marine Center, we have accepted trainees, interns, thesis and dissertation students from the following institutions. They have since been active in a variety of fields.

Universities and Colleges

  • Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (former Faculty of Fisheries, Tokyo University of Fisheries)
  • The University of Tokyo, Institute of Oceanography (Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Science)
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture (Faculty of Agriculture)
  • Tokai University (Graduate School of Oceanography)
  • Toyo University (Faculty of Literature
  • Toho University (Department of Biology)
  • Kanagawa University (Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • Kyoto University (Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences)
  • Nihon University (Department of Fisheries, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
  • Nihon University (Graduate School of Medicine)
  • Nihon University (Division of Marine Biological Resources Science, Department of Biological Resources Science)
  • Nippon Veterinary and Animal Science University (College of Applied Life Sciences)
  • Chuo University (Faculty of Literature)
  • Teikyo University of Science and Technology
  • Tsuru University (Faculty of Literature)
  • Hokkaido Tokai University (Department of Ocean Development Engineering)
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture (Faculty of Agriculture)
  • University of Massachusetts (Medical School, Hamilton College)


Technical Schools

  • Tokyo Communication Arts College
  • Nagoya Communication Arts College
  • Osaka Communication Arts College
  • Fukuoka Communication Arts College
  • Tokyo Environmental Engineering College
  • Japan Pet & Animal College
  • Japan College of Animal and Plant Science
  • Japan Marine Science College
  • Japan College of Foreign Languages


Other Educational Organizations

  • JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
  • Eastern Marine Fisheries Development Center
  • Higashiyamato Second Elementary School  
  • Sokendai (School of Science in Mathematical Sciences)