100 Soundscapes of Japan

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In 1996, as part of its efforts to combat noise pollution and to protect and promote the environment, the Ministry of the Environment designated the 100 Soundscapes of Japan (日本の音風景100選?).[1] There were 738 submissions received from all over the country and the 100 "best" were selected after examination by the Japan Soundscape Study Group.[1] These soundscapes are intended to function as symbols for local people and to promote the rediscovery of the sounds of everyday life.[1] The follow-up Sixth National Assembly on Soundscape Conservation was held in Matsuyama in 2002.[2]

Soundscape Category Location Prefecture Image Sound
Drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海の流氷?) Sea Sea of Okhotsk shore Hokkaidō Ryuhyoh 02.jpg
Bell of Sapporo Clock Tower (時計台の鐘?) Bells Sapporo Hokkaidō Sapporo Clock Tower Hokkaido Japan.jpg
Bell of Haristos Greek Orthodox Church (函館ハリストス正教会の鐘?) Bells Hakodate Hokkaidō Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church, May 2006.jpg
Mountain creatures in Asahidake, Mount Daisetsu (大雪山旭岳の山の生き物?) Wildlife Higashikawa Hokkaidō Daisetsu-zan asahidake with flowers.jpg
Japanese crane sanctuary, Tsurui (鶴居のタンチョウサンクチュアリ?) Birds Tsurui Hokkaidō Grus japonensis 01.jpg
Black-tailed gulls in Kabushima, Hachinohe Port (八戸港・蕪島のウミネコ ?) Birds Hachinohe Aomori Prefecture Gull in water3.jpg
Wild birds of Lake Ogawara shore (小川原湖畔の野鳥?) Birds Misawa Aomori Prefecture Lake ogawara landsat.jpg
Oirase River stream (奥入瀬の渓流?) Water Towadako Aomori Prefecture Oirase keiryuu.JPG
Nebuta (Neputa) Festival (ねぶた祭・ねぷたまつり?) Matsuri Aomori/Hirosaki Aomori Prefecture Aomori Nebuta AUG 2006 0003.jpg
Kaminari-iwa (Thunder Rock), Goishi coastline (碁石海岸・雷岩?) Sea Ōfunato Iwate Prefecture Goishi-kaigan1.jpg
Nambu Furin (wind chimes) at Mizusawa Station (水沢駅の南部風鈴?) Local life Ōshū Iwate Prefecture Mizusawa station's wind chime.JPG
Bells of Chagu Chagu Umakko (チャグチャグ馬コの鈴の音?) Matsuri Takizawa Iwate Prefecture
Suzumushi (bell-ringing insects) in Miyagino (宮城野のスズムシ?) Insects Sendai Miyagi Prefecture Suzumushi.jpg
Singing frogs and wild birds of the Hirose River (広瀬川のカジカガエルと野鳥?) Wildlife/Birds Sendai Miyagi Prefecture Buergeria buergeri.jpg
Reed fields at the mouth of the Kitakami River (北上川河口のヨシ原?) Vegetation Ishinomaki Miyagi Prefecture Phragmites australis Schilfrohr.jpg
Wild geese in Izunuma and Uchinuma lakes (伊豆沼・内沼のマガン?) Birds Kurikoma/Wakayanagi/Hasama Miyagi Prefecture Anser albifrons 30050.JPG
Pinewoods of wind (風の松原?) Vegetation Noshiro Akita Prefecture
Cicadas at Yama-dera (山寺の蝉?) Insects Yamagata Yamagata Prefecture Yamadera 2004-11.JPG
"Matsu-no-Kanjin" conches (trumpet shells) (松の勧進の法螺貝?) Matsuri Tsuruoka Yamagata Prefecture Charonia tritonis in Guam.jpg
Swans at the mouth of Mogami River (最上川河口の白鳥?) Birds Sakata Yamagata Prefecture Cygnus bewickii 01.jpg
Little Birds Forest in Fukushima City (福島市小鳥の森?) Birds Fukushima Fukushima Prefecture
Natural irrigation channel of Ōuchi-juku (大内宿の自然用水?) Water Shimogō Fukushima Prefecture Ja-fukushima-ohuchijuku-1.jpg
Weaving of ramie fabric (からむし織のはた音?) Transport/Industry Shōwa Fukushima Prefecture
Waves of Izura-kaigan coast (五浦海岸の波音?) Sea Kita-ibaraki Ibaraki Prefecture
Tree frogs in Ajisai-zaka, Mount Ohirasan (太平山あじさい坂の雨蛙?) Frogs Tochigi Tochigi Prefecture Hylidae 001.jpg
Suikinkutsu in Suikintei Garden (水琴亭の水琴窟?) Daily life Yoshii Gunma Prefecture Suikinkutsu CrossSection.jpg
Time bell of Kawagoe (川越の時の鐘?) Insects Kawagoe Saitama Prefecture Tokinokane-2006-03-20 1.jpg
Insects singing in Oshikiri, Arakawa River (荒川・押切の虫の声?) Insects Kumagaya (Kōnan) Saitama Prefecture Arakawa WanganSen.JPG
Waterfall on conduit bridge (樋橋の落水?) Water Katori (Sawara) Chiba Prefecture Toyohashi-bridge,katori-city,japan.JPG
Himeharuzemi cicadas in Mamenbara (麻綿原のヒメハルゼミ?) Insects Ōtaki Chiba Prefecture Himeharuzemi0807-1.jpg
Vicinity of Shibamata Taishakuten and "Yagiri-no-Watashi" ferry (柴又帝釈天界隈と矢切の渡し?) Complex Matsudo/Katsushika Chiba Prefecture/Tokyo Taishakuten Sando -01.jpg
Time bell at the hill of Ueno (上野のお山の時の鐘?) Bells Taitō Tokyo
Sounds of birds, water, and trees at Sanpōji-ike Pond (三宝寺池の鳥と水と樹々の音?) Birds/Water/Vegetation Nerima Tokyo
Keyaki (zelkova), tree-lined boulevard in Seikei Gakuen Campus (成蹊学園ケヤキ並木?) Vegetation Musashino Tokyo Zelkova serrata5.jpg
Ship whistles for the New Year at Yokohama Port (横浜港新年を迎える船の汽笛?) Local life Yokohama Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Port 01.jpg
Approach to Kawasaki Daishi Temple (川崎大師の参道?) Local life Kawasaki Kanagawa Prefecture Heikenji Temple Gate.JPG
Stream and wild birds singing sounds in Dohogawa Park (道保川公園のせせらぎと野鳥の声?) Water/Birds Sagamihara Kanagawa Prefecture
Bean Geese in Fukushimagata Lagoon (福島潟のヒシクイ?) Birds Niigata (Toyosaka) Niigata Prefecture Dy2.jpg
Himeharuzemi cicadas in Oyama (尾山のヒメハルゼミ?) Insects Itoigawa () Niigata Prefecture Himeharuzemi0807-1.jpg
Shōmyō Falls (称名滝?) Waterfalls Tateyama Toyama Prefecture Shomyo-daki 1.jpg
"Ennaka" channel and Owara Kaze no bon (エンナカの水音とおわら風の盆?) Matsuri Toyama (Yatsuo) Toyama Prefecture Kazenobon1.jpg
Wood carving in Inami (井波の木彫りの音?) Crafts Nanto (Inami) Toyama Prefecture
Cicada chorus droning in Honda-no-Mori Forest (本多の森の蝉時雨?) Insects Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture Gratopsaltria Nigrofuscata Young.jpg
Bells of temples in Teramachi (寺町寺院群の鐘?) Bells Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture
Tokimizu fountain in Minowaki (蓑脇の時水?) Water Echizen (Takefu) Fukui Prefecture
Wild birds forest at lakeshore at the foot of Mount Fuji (富士山麓・西湖畔の野鳥の森?) Birds Fujikawaguchiko Yamanashi Prefecture Lake Saiko and mount Fuji.JPG
Bell of Zenkō-ji (善光寺の鐘?) Bells Nagano Nagano Prefecture Zenkoji10s3200.jpg
Little birds singing in Enrei (塩嶺の小鳥のさえずり?) Birds Okaya/Shiojiri Nagano Prefecture
Frogs singing in Yashima-shitsugen Wetland (八島湿原の蛙鳴?) Wildlife Shimosuwa/Suwa Nagano Prefecture Hyla japonica top ja.jpg
Suikinkutsu in Udatsu-no-machi (卯建の町の水琴窟?) Local life Mino Gifu Prefecture Suikinkutsu - Yabu.jpg
Playing in Yoshida River (吉田川の川遊び?) Local life Gujō (Hachiman) Gifu Prefecture
Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River (長良川の鵜飼?) Local life Gifu/Seki Gifu Prefecture Gifuukai2.jpg
"Nami-Kozo", rumbling of the Enshunada Sea (遠州灘の海鳴・波小僧?) Water Enshunada Sea Shizuoka Prefecture
Steam locomotives of Ōigawa Railway (大井川鉄道のSL?) Transport/Industry Kawanehon (Honkawane) Shizuoka Prefecture Moving C56 color of Thai.JPG
Wild birds of Higashiyama Botanical Garden (東山植物園の野鳥?) Birds Nagoya Aichi Prefecture Higashiyama botanical gardens-Gassho style house.jpg
Wave sounds at Kojigahama Beach, Cape Irago (伊良湖岬恋路ヶ浜の潮騒?) Sea Tahara (Atsumi) Aichi Prefecture Cape Irago 04.jpg
Isobue whistling of female divers in Ise-Shima area (伊勢志摩の海女の磯笛?) Local life Toba/Shima Mie Prefecture Ama.jpg
Evening bell of Mii (三井の晩鐘?) Bells Ōtsu Shiga Prefecture Miidera-no-bansho-M2075.jpg
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Hikone Castle time bell and insects singing (彦根城の時報鐘と虫の音?) Bells/Insects Hikone Shiga Prefecture Hikone castle5537.JPG
Bamboo forest in Kyoto (京の竹林?) Vegetation Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture Sagano Bamboo Forest 01.jpg
Rurikei stream (るり渓?) Water Nantan (Sonobe) Kyoto Prefecture Meibaku, Rurikei01.JPG
Squeaking sand of Kotobikihama Beach (琴引浜の鳴き砂?) Singing sand Kyōtango (Amino) Kyoto Prefecture
Matsumushi crickets (Xenogrillus marmorata) at the banks of Yodo River (淀川河川敷のマツムシ?) Insects Osaka Osaka Prefecture
Kawachi Ondo song in the precincts of Jōkō-ji (常光寺境内の河内音頭?) Matsuri Yao Osaka Prefecture Jokoji, Yao01.JPG
Sand eel fishing at Tarumi Port (垂水漁港のイカナゴ漁?) Local life Kobe Hyōgo Prefecture Ikanago 1.JPG
Danjiri Drums at Kenka Matsuri of Nada (灘のけんか祭りのだんじり太鼓?) Matsuri Himeji Hyōgo Prefecture Nada no Kenka matsuri 17.jpg
Deer of Kasugano and temple bells in the neighbourhood (春日野の鹿と諸寺の鐘?) Wildlife/Bells Nara Nara Prefecture Nara Tobihino01st3200.jpg
Kino River heard inside the giant rock of Mount Fudō (不動山の巨石で聞こえる紀ノ川?) Water Hashimoto Wakayama Prefecture
Nachi Falls (那智の滝?) Waterfalls Nachikatsuura Wakayama Prefecture Nachi Falls005.JPG
Migratory birds at Mizutori Park (水鳥公園の渡り鳥?) Birds Yonago Tottori Prefecture Cygnus bewickii at Beijing Zoo.JPG
Mitoku River and singing frogs (三徳川のせせらぎとカジカガエル?) Wildlife Misasa Tottori Prefecture Buergeria buergeri.jpg
Inshu paper-making (因州和紙の紙すき?) Crafts Tottori (Aoya/Saji) Tottori Prefecture
Squeaking sand of Kotogahama Beach (琴ヶ浜海岸の鳴き砂?) Singing sand Ōda Shimane Prefecture 070603KotogahanaPointVeiw01.jpg
Stream and waterwheels of Bitchu River, Suwada Cave (諏訪洞・備中川のせせらぎと水車?) Water Maniwa (Hokubō) Okayama Prefecture
Brooks of Shinjōshuku (新庄宿の小川?) Water Shinjō Okayama Prefecture
Bell of Peace in Hiroshima (広島の平和の鐘?) Bells Hiroshima Hiroshima Prefecture Hiroshima Peace Bell.jpg
Kyo-onro tower bell at Senkō-ji (千光寺驚音楼の鐘?) Bells Onomichi Hiroshima Prefecture Senkoji Onomichi07n3872.jpg
Yamaguchi Line steam locomotives (山口線のSL?) Transport/Industry Ogōri/Tsuwano Yamaguchi/Shimane Prefecture C571-SL Yamaguchi 2006 08200011.JPG
Eddying current of Naruto (鳴門の渦潮?) Sea Naruto Tokushima Prefecture Naruto Whirlpools taken 4-21-2008.jpg
Awa Odori dance (阿波踊り?) Matsuri Tokushima Tokushima Prefecture Awa Odori Tokushima Aug2009.jpg
Ōkubo-ji bell and pilgrim bells (大窪寺の鐘とお遍路さんの鈴?) Bells Sanuki (Nagao) Kagawa Prefecture Okuboji 03.JPG
Mannō-ike Pond "Yuru-nuki" streams (満濃池のゆるぬきとせせらぎ?) Water Mannō Kagawa Prefecture Mannoike from Kannoji.JPG
Time drums of Shin-u Kaku Hotel, Dōgo Onsen (道後温泉振鷺閣の刻太鼓?) Drums Matsuyama Ehime Prefecture Dogo Hot Spring2(Matsuyama City).JPG
Wave sounds of Mikurodo Cave, Cape Muroto (室戸岬・御厨人窟の波音?) Sea Muroto Kōchi Prefecture Muroto Cape.JPG
Kaki Yamakasa of Hakata Gion Yamakasa (博多祗園山笠の舁き山笠?) Matsuri Fukuoka Fukuoka Prefecture Hakata gion yamakasa 2006 02.jpg
Bell of Kanzeon-ji (観世音寺の鐘?) Bells Dazaifu Fukuoka Prefecture Kanzeonji Up200606301830.JPG
Wave sounds and ship whistles at the Kanmon-kaikyo Strait (関門海峡の潮騒と汽笛?) Sea Kitakyūshū/Shimonoseki Fukuoka/Yamaguchi Prefecture Dannoura.JPG
Hikiyama-bayashi music at Karatsu Kunchi Festival (唐津くんちの曳山囃子?) Matsuri Karatsu Saga Prefecture Hiryu.jpg
Imari pottery (伊万里の焼物の音?) Crafts Imari Saga Prefecture ImariA.JPG
Atomic air-raided camphor tree at Sanno Jinja (山王神社被爆の楠の木?) Vegetation Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture Sanno torii and camphor trees.jpg
Water discharge at Tsūjunkyō Bridge (通潤橋の放水?) Water Yamato (Yabe) Kumamoto Prefecture Tsujyunkyo-housui.jpg
Dolphins in the sea of Itsuwa (五和の海のイルカ?) Wildlife Amakusa (Itsuwa) Kumamoto Prefecture Bottlenose Dolphin KSC04pd0178.jpg
China handmill of Onta Sarayama (小鹿田皿山の唐臼?) Water/Crafts Hita Ōita Prefecture Watermill at Onta Pottery Village 02.jpg
Soughing of the wind through pine trees of Oka Castle remains (岡城跡の松籟?) Vegetation Taketa Ōita Prefecture Okajoshi.jpg
"Yagura-no-Todoro" water roaring at Sannomiyakyō Gorge (三之宮峡の櫓の轟?) Waterfalls Kobayashi Miyazaki Prefecture
Wild deer of Ebino-kōgen Highlands (えびの高原の野生鹿?) Wildlife Ebino Miyazaki Prefecture Portrait Hirschkuh.JPG
Cranes of Izumi (出水のツル?) Birds Izumi Kagoshima Prefecture Grus monacha Phila Zoo.jpg
Chigami River stream and trams (千頭川の渓流とトロッコ?) Water/Local life Yakushima Kagoshima Prefecture
Subtropical creatures along Shiira River (後良川周辺の亜熱帯林の生き物?) Wildlife Taketomi (Iriomote) Okinawa Prefecture
Eisa (エイサー?) Matsuri Yonashiro/Katsuren Okinawa Prefecture Seragaki eisa.jpg

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