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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

In the Natural category the Ogasawara Islands, Shirakami-Sanchi, Shiretoko and Yukushima were inducted because of their unique and undisturbed habitats. Not only are these places beautiful, but provide a scientific perspective into ecosystems that are becoming rare. By protecting these places people around the world can witness and see a wilderness thriving without restriction. There are also various endangered species that can be found in the different locations, such as the red-crowned crane and the red fox in Hokkaido.

photo of Shiretoko - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hokkaido | Shiretoko

Shiretoko - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shiretoko is a new heritage site just registered in 2005 The area features an ecological system with few equals in the world.

photo of Shirakami-sanchi Mountain Range

Tohoku | Aomori | Shirakami Mountains

Shirakami-sanchi Mountain Range

The vast primeval beech forest, which is home to a precious population of animals and plants, is just like a forest museum.

photo of Yakushima Island - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kyushu | Kagoshima | Yakushima Island

Yakushima Island - UNESCO World Heritage Site

A subtropical island located off the southern coast of Kagoshima Prefecture is famous for its 1000 year old trees of Japan.

photo of Ogasawara Islands - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kanto | Tokyo | Ogasawara Islands

Ogasawara Islands - UNESCO World Heritage Site

In June 2011, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has inscribed Ogasawara Islands on the World Heritage List as a Natural Heritage site.