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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

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.

photo of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

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.

photo of Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi

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.

photo of The Shrines and Temples of Nikko

Kanto | Tochigi | Nikko

The Shrines and Temples of Nikko

The Shrines and Temples of Nikko were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1999.

photo of The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

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.

photo of Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

The Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994.

photo of Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

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.

photo of Himeji Castle

Kansai | Hyogo | Himeji

Himeji Castle

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.

photo of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

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.

photo of Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

Okinawa Islands | Okinawa | Naha

Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

A combination of sites designated as UNESCO World Heritage in the year 2000 located at Okinawa.

photo of Horyuji Temple

Kansai | Nara | Nara City

Horyuji Temple

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.

photo of Itsukushima Shrine

Chugoku | Hiroshima | Miyajima Island

Itsukushima Shrine

The Itsukushima Shrine is best known for its floating torii gate, which is built in the sea.

photo of Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration

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.

photo of Gunkanjima

Kyushu | Nagasaki | Nagasaki

Gunkanjima

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.

photo of Tomioka Silk Mill

Kanto | Gunma | Tomioka

Tomioka Silk Mill

Tomioka Silk Mill is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that impacted the industrial age in Japan.

photo of Hiroshima Genbaku Dome

Chugoku | Hiroshima | Hiroshima City

Hiroshima Genbaku Dome

A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated towards peace to the tragic atomic bomb which was dropped in Hiroshima on August 6th 1945