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Yaku Shima Island World Heritage Site

 
Yaku Shima Island World Heritage Site Yaku-shima Island, lying in the sea to the south of Cape Sata in the southern part of Kagoshima, was, for the first time in Japan, inscribed as a World Natural Heritage Site, together with the Shirakami Mountains in Aomori Prefecture. Seventy-five percent of the whole island is mountainous. With Mt. Miyano-ura-dake, the highest in Kyushu, in the middle surrounded by many mountains more than 1,500 meters high, the island is also called the "Alps on the Ocean." Continuing up around the coast to the mountaintop, as the altitude increases, the climate changes from that of a subtropical zone to that of a subarctic zone, and the plant systems change in the same way, as if nature in the Japanese Archipelago were condensed...
 

Naha World Heritage Site

 
Naha World Heritage Site Naha once prospered as the outer port of Shuri, which flourished as the capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom. In those days, Naha had much trade with China and Southeast Asia. Among the major remains of the Ryukyu Kingdom are Shuri Castle, the ruins of the Castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Shikina-en, which was a second residence and garden of the Royal Family built in order to entertain 'sakuhoshi' (ambassadors from China), the ruins of Enkaku-ji Temple, the head temple of the Okinawa Rinzai sect, and Tama-udon, the Royal Mausoleum. Placed in a cave built directly into natural rock, these tombs are of a grand scale and in a style unique to Okinawa. Shurei-mon, the grand gate, is also a sight to behold. It is depicted on the ...
 

Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site

 
Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site In 2007, Iwami Ginzan (silver mine) in the city of Oda, Shimane Prefecture was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The mine enjoyed a long history before it closed in 1923. Silver was said to have been first discovered there in 1309, near the end of the Kamakura Period. About 200 years later, innovative refining techniques were introduced from South Korea, and with them the production of silver dramatically increased. The main reasons why the mine ruins were listed as a World Heritage Site are that they have such long history and the fact that the area continues to be covered with lush forests that include broad-leaved trees. This offers proof that appropriate forest administration was undertaken, and...
 

Itsuku Shima Jinja Shrine World Heritage Site

 
Itsuku Shima Jinja Shrine World Heritage Site Itsuku-shima-jinja Shrine, located in Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City in southwestern Hiroshima, is a unique shrine that looks as if it is floating in the sea. It boasts of a solemn and gorgeous architectural beauty in the shinden-style. It was inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1996. The main shrine with its red pillars and white walls, along with the symbol of Miyajima, the O-torii Gate in the sea, create a wonderful contrast with the dark green woods and deep blue sea. Most of the main shrine, a National Treasure, was built in the 12th century. Twenty-one buildings are laid out around the main sanctuary, with a Noh stage and other special structures situated among them. All buildings are connected with...
 

Peace Memorial Park World Heritage Site

 
Peace Memorial Park World Heritage Site The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) is the symbol of Hiroshima, a city that advocates peace throughout the world. The dome is located in the city, facing Hiroshima Bay in the Seto Inland Sea, and was originally the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall, built in 1915. While all surrounding structures were destroyed in the atomic bomb explosion, this building miraculously remained standing. In 1996, the dome was inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Peace Memorial Park is located next to the Atomic Bomb Dome. There you will find the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, a number of monuments for peace, a tower erected for the repose of the souls of the victims of the atomic bomb, a memorial tower, and a fountain with a...
 

Himeji Castle World Heritage Site

 
Himeji Castle World Heritage Site The Himeji Castle is located in Himeji City in the western Hyogo. It was constructed in the mid-14th century, and after a three-layer castle tower was built by the order of the man of power Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 16th century, Ikeda Terumasa, a feudal lord of the castle rebuilt it further in the 17th century. Its figure was likened as a white heron spreading its wings, and thus called the Hakuro-jo, or White Heron Castle. It was designated as a national treasure in 1931, and as the World Cultural Heritage in 1993. The sturdy, magnificent structure and elegant appearance, as well as complex and tactical defense devices make the Himeji Castle the most prominent castle in Japan. The Tenshukaku (castle tower) is the...
 

Mt Koya San World Heritage Site

 
Mt Koya San World Heritage Site Mt. Koya-san is located in the northeastern part of Wakayama and is in Koya-Ryujin Quasi-National Park. On the peak of Mt. Koya-san, surrounded by mountains, is Kongobu-ji Temple, founded by Kobo Taishi, the Head Temple of Esoteric Buddhism, which has a 1200-year-long history. More that 120 temples are scattered throughout the area. A number of structures exist in the mountain. For instance, the 25-meter-high Dai-mon Gate, Important Cultural Property, that has served as the main entrance to the temple ever since its founding day, or the temple structure complex, National Treasure, and the Danjo-garan complex. Koyazan-Reiho-kan Treasure House exhibits the tremendous cultural properties of Mt. Koya-san. Lodging fa...
 

Kumano Hongu World Heritage Site

 
Kumano Hongu World Heritage Site The Kumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine is a World Heritage registered Grand Shrine located deep in the rugged mountains of southeastern Wakayama. It is the head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano Shrines across the country and part of the Kumano Sanzan, the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano. The other two are Kumano Nachi-Taisha Shrine and Kumano-Hayatama- Taisha Shrine. Originally, each of these three Grand Shrines had their own distinctive form of nature worship; later in the 10th century, they started to be worshipped as a set under the influence of Buddhism. Kumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine was originally located at Oyunohara, a delta at the confluence of the Kumano-gawa and Otonashi-gawa Rivers. All of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes l...
 

Kyoto World Heritage Site

 
Kyoto World Heritage Site Kyoto became the capital of Japan in the 8th century. It flourished as the center for Japanese politics, economy and culture for some 1,100 years, until the capital functions were transferred to Tokyo in the mid of 19th century. Kyoto Prefecture stretches out from the southeast to the northwest in the central and northern parts of the Kansai region. It has four geographical features, the saw-toothed coastal area around Maizuru Bay in the northeast, the Tanba Mountains around its center, the Kyoto Basin in the southeast, and the Yamashiro Basin. There remain many temples and shrines in Kyoto that were built during this long period. Seventeen historic sites including, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle, are inscrib...
 

Horyu ji Temple World Heritage Site

 
Horyu ji Temple World Heritage Site Horyu-ji Temple is inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site as the world's oldest existing wooden structure. It was founded by a group of people that included Prince Shotoku, a son of the Emperor Yomei, in dedication to his father in the early 7th century. Horyu-ji Temple is also called Ikaruga-dera Temple, as it is located in Ikaruga-cho in the northwestern part of Nara Prefecture. It is said that it was burned down once, but then reconstructed by the early 8th century. Because it has swollen center pillars similar to the Greek 'entasis' style employed in the pantheons of Greece, it is a precious structure in terms of cultural propagation, as well as in architectural history. The Nandai-mon Gate building is at ...
 

 

 

 

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