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List of World Heritage Sites in Japan

Japan accepted the UNESCO World Heritage Convention on 30 June 1992.[1] As of July 2019, twenty-three properties have been inscribed on the World Heritage List: nineteen cultural sites and four natural sites.[1] A further eight sites and one site extension have been submitted for future inscription and are currently on the Tentative List as of 2017.[1]

World Heritage SitesEdit

Name Image Location UNESCO data Area: Monuments
Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area   Nara Prefecture 660 (1993) i, ii, iv, vi 586 ha; (570.7 ha) Hōryū-ji, Hokki-ji
Himeji-jō   Hyōgo Prefecture 661 (1993) i, iv 107 ha; (143 ha) Himeji Castle
Yakushima   Kagoshima Prefecture 662 (1993) vii, ix 10,747 ha Natural Site: warm temperate ancient forest
Shirakami-Sanchi   Aomori/Akita Prefecture 663 (1993) ix 16,939 ha Natural Site: Siebold's beech forest, mountains
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto   Kyoto/Shiga Prefecture 688 (1994) ii, iv 1056 ha; (3,579 ha) Kamigamo Jinja, Shimogamo Jinja, Tō-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Enryaku-ji, Daigo-ji, Ninna-ji, Byōdō-in, Ujigami Jinja, Kōzan-ji, Saihō-ji, Tenryū-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji, Nishi Hongan-ji, Nijō-jō
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama   Gifu/Toyama Prefecture 734 (1995) iv, v 68 ha; (58,873 ha) Shirakawa-go, Gokayama
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)   Hiroshima Prefecture 775 (1996) vi 0.4 ha; (43 ha) Atomic bomb Dome
Itsukushima Shrine   Hiroshima Prefecture 776 (1996) i, ii, iv, vi 431 ha; (2,634 ha) Itsukushima Jinja
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara   Nara Prefecture 870 (1998) ii, iii, iv, vi 617 ha; (2,502 ha) Tōdai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Taisha, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji, Heijō Palace, Kasugayama Primeval Forest
Shrines and Temples of Nikkō   Tochigi Prefecture 913 (1999) i, iv, vi 51 ha; (373 ha) Futarasan Jinja, Rinnō-ji, Nikkō Tōshō-gū
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu   Okinawa Prefecture 972 (2000) ii, iii, vi 55 ha; (560 ha) Tamaudun, Sonohyan-utaki Ishimon, Nakijin Castle, Zakimi Castle, Katsuren Castle, Nakagusuku Castle, Shuri Castle, Shikinaen, Seifa-utaki
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range   Wakayama/Nara/Mie Prefecture 1142 (2004) ii, iii, iv, vi 495 ha; (1,137 ha) Seiganto-ji, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Kongōbu-ji, Niukanshōfu Jinja, Kumano Hongū Taisha, Niutsuhime Jinja, Mount Yoshino, Ōminesan-ji, Kōyasan chōishi-michi, Jison-in, Yoshino Mikumari Jinja, Kinbu Jinja, Kimpusen-ji, Yoshimizu Jinja, Kumano Nachi Taisha, Nachi Falls, Nachi primaeval forest, Fudarakusan-ji, Kumano Kodō
Shiretoko   Hokkaidō 1193 (2005) ix, x 71,100 ha Natural Site: peninsula and marine area
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape   Shimane Prefecture 1246 (2010) ii, iii, v 529 ha; (3,134 ha) Yunotsu, Iwami Ginzan Kaidō Yunotsu-Okidomaridō, Site of Daikansho, Okidomari, Ginzan Sakunouchi, Site of Yataki-jō, Ōmori Ginzan, Miya-no-mae, Iwami Ginzan Kaidō Tomogauradō, Site of Yahazu-jō, Site of Iwami-jō, Kumagaika residence, Rakan-ji Gohyakurakan, Tomogaura
Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land   Iwate Prefecture 1277 (2011) ii, vi 187 ha; (5,998 ha) Chūson-ji, Mōtsū-ji, Kanjizaiō-in, Muryōkō-in, Kinkeizan
Ogasawara Islands   Tokyo 1362 (2011) ix 7,939 ha Natural Site: Chichi-jima, Haha-jima, Muko-jima, Iwo-jima
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration   Shizuoka/Yamanashi Prefecture 1418 (2013) ⅲ, ⅵ 20,638 ha; (49,376 ha) Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes, Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine, Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Shrine, Yamamiya Sengen Shrine, Murayama Sengen Shrine, Suyama Sengen Shrine, Higashiguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Shrine, Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, Oshino Hakkai, Miho no Matsubara
Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites   Gunma Prefecture 1149 (2014) ii, iv 7.20 ha; (415 ha) Tomioka Silk Mill
Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining   Kyūshū, and Yamaguchi, Shizuoka and Iwate prefectures 1484 (2015) ii, iii, iv 307 ha; (2,408 ha) Hashima Coal Mine, Former Glover House, Shūseikan, Miike Coal Mine, Yawata Steel Works, Mutsurejima Lighthouse, Hagi reverberatory furnace, Shōkasonjuku Academy, Hagi castle town
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement   Tokyo 1321 (2016) i, ii, vi 0.93 ha; (116.17 ha) National Museum of Western Art
Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region   Fukuoka Prefecture 1535 (2017) ii, iii 98.93 ha; (79,363.48 ha) Okinoshima, Munakata Taisha
Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region   Nagasaki Prefecture and Kumamoto Prefecture 1495 (2018) iii 5,566.55 ha (12,252.52 ha) Ōura Cathedral, Hara Castle, Hirado Island
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters   Osaka Prefecture 1593 (2019) iii, iv 166.66 ha (890 ha) Mozu kofungun, Furuichi kofungun

Tentative listEdit

The Tentative List consists of sites previously nominated, but not yet inscribed.

Name Image Location UNESCO data Monuments (incomplete listing)
Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura   Kanagawa Prefecture 370 (1992) iii, iv Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, Jufuku-ji, Kenchō-ji, Zuisen-ji, Kōtoku-in, Kakuon-ji, Ruins of Buppō-ji, Ruins of Yōfuku-ji, Ruins of the Hokkedō, Ruins of the Hōjō Tokiwa Residence, Kamegayatsuzaka Pass, Kehaizaka Pass, Daibutsu Pass, Gokuraku-ji, Engaku-ji, Egara Tenjin Shrine, Jōkōmyō-ji, Asaina Pass, Ruins of Tōshō-ji, Nagoshi Pass, Shōmyō-ji, Wakae Island
Hikone-jō   Shiga Prefecture 374 (1992) i, ii, iii, iv Hikone Castle
Asuka-Fujiwara: Archaeological Sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties   Nara Prefecture 5097 (2007) ii, iii, iv, v, vi Ishibutai Kofun, Takamatsuzuka Tomb, Kitora Tomb, Kawara-dera, Asuka-dera, Oka-dera, Yamada-dera, Fujiwara-kyō, Yamato Sanzan
Jōmon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidō, Northern Tōhoku, and other regions   Hokkaidō, Aomori/Iwate/Akita Prefecture 5398 (2009) iii, iv Sannai-Maruyama site, Ōdai Yamamoto I site
The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines   Niigata Prefecture 5572 (2010) ii, iii, iv Sado mines
Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension)   Iwate Prefecture 5760 (2012) ii, iii, vi Shirotori-tate Site, Takkoku-no-Iwaya, Yanagi-no-Gosho Site, Chojagahara Haiji Site, Honedera-mura Shoen Site
Amami Ōshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island   Kagoshima Prefecture Okinawa Prefecture 6160 (2016) ix, x Tokunoshima Island, Amami Ōshima, Iriomote Island

ControversyEdit

Performance of Japan in UNESCOEdit

UNESCO List Exclusive Entries of Japan Shared/Multinational Entries Involving Japan Total
UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves 8 8
UNESCO World Heritage List 22 1 23
UNESCO Memory of the World Register 5 2 7
UNESCO Global Geoparks Network 10 10
UNESCO Creative Cities Network 8 8
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists 24 24

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Japan". UNESCO. Retrieved 2017-05-08.

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