Throughout the history of Japan there are places that have impacted their culture and society. These sites serve as a reminder of the evolution that Japan has undergone. Under the cultural list the Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji, Fujisan or Mt. Fuji, Gusuku Sites, Himeji-Jo, Hiraizumi, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, historic monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Nara, historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain, Shrines and temples of Nikko, sites of the Meiji Industrial revolution, Tomioka Silk Mill, and Gunkanjima are the places that have made a mark on Japan’s culture.
Chubu | Gifu | Shirakawa-go
The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are best known for their Gassho style houses.
Tohoku | Iwate | Hiraizumi
Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi
Hiraizumi in the southwestern part of Iwate Prefecture is a town extending up the Hiraizumi Hill on the west bank of the Kitakami-gawa River.
Kansai | Nara | Nara City
The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Todaiji, Kofukuji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangoji, Yakushiji, Toshodaiji, and Nara Palace were inscribed as Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.
Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
The Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994.
Kansai | Wakayama | Mt Koya (Koyasan)
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
In 2004 Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range were inscribed in World Heritage list for Japan.
Kansai | Hyogo | Himeji
Himeji Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of a preserved castle ground.
Chugoku | Shimane | Iwami Ginzan
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine was once one of the top silver producing mines in the world. This old silver mine is now a major tourist attraction that brings many visitors each year.
Kansai | Nara | Nara City
Horyuji temple is part of the “Seven Great Temples of Nara” and the oldest wooden structures in the world can be found in this area.
Chugoku | Hiroshima | Miyajima Island
The Itsukushima Shrine is best known for its floating torii gate, which is built in the sea.
Chubu | Yamanashi | Mt Fuji
Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration
Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration refers to the 25 places designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Kyushu | Nagasaki | Nagasaki
An abandoned island which was once the highest populated areas in Japan with a large coal mining facility designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015.
Kanto | Gunma | Tomioka
Tomioka Silk Mill
Tomioka Silk Mill is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that impacted the industrial age in Japan.