List of World Heritage Sites in Japan

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Japan accepted the UNESCO World Heritage Convention on 30 June 1992.[1] As of June 2013, seventeen properties have been inscribed on the World Heritage List: thirteen cultural sites and four natural sites.[1] A further ten sites and one site extension have been submitted for future inscription and are currently on the Tentative List as of 2013.[1]

Kamakura's proposed World Heritage site was submitted for nomination in 2013. The World Heritage Committee recommended not inscribing the site because it lacked integrity and Japan duly withdrew the site from consideration.[2]

World Heritage Sites[edit]

Name Image Location UNESCO data Area: Monuments
Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area Horyu-ji11s3200.jpg Nara Prefecture 660 (1993) i, ii, iv, vi 586 ha; (570.7 ha) Hōryū-ji, Hokki-ji
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration Lake Motosu04.jpg 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
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu Naha Shuri Castle16s5s3200.jpg 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
Himeji-jō Château de Himeji01.jpg Hyōgo Prefecture 661 (1993) i, iv 107 ha; (143 ha) Himeji Castle
Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land Mōtsū-ji Suhama.JPG Iwate Prefecture 1277 (2011) ii, vi 187 ha; (5,998 ha) Chūson-ji, Mōtsū-ji, Kanjizaiō-in, Muryōkō-in, Kinkeizan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) HiroshimaGembakuDome6747.jpg Hiroshima Prefecture 775 (1996) vi 0.4 ha; (43 ha) Atomic bomb Dome
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto Byodo-in Uji03bs2640.jpg 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 Monuments of Ancient Nara Kofukuji0411.jpg 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
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Ogi Shirakawa02bs3200.jpg Gifu/Toyama Prefecture 734 (1995) iv, v 68 ha; (58,873 ha) Shirakawa-go, Gokayama
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Itsukushima torii distance.jpg Hiroshima Prefecture 776 (1996) i, ii, iv, vi 431 ha; (2,634 ha) Itsukushima Jinja
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Shimizudani Refinery Ruins 001.JPG 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
Ogasawara Islands Minamijima, Ogasawara, Tokyo.jpg Tokyo 1362 (2011) ix 7,939 ha Natural Site: Chichi-jima, Haha-jima, Muko-jima, Iwo-jima
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range Kongobuji Koyasan07n3200.jpg Mie/Nara/Wakayama 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
Shrines and Temples of Nikkō Taiyuin nitenmon gate.jpg Tochigi Prefecture 913 (1999) i, iv, vi 51 ha; (373 ha) Futarasan Jinja, Rinnō-ji, Nikkō Tōshō-gū
Shirakami-Sanchi Sirakami santi.JPG Aomori/Akita Prefecture 663 (1993) ix 16,939 ha Natural Site: Siebold's beech forest, mountains
Shiretoko Goko Reflection.jpg Hokkaidō 1193 (2005) ix, x 71,100 ha Natural Site: peninsula and marine area
Yakushima Jhomonsugi in Yaku Island Japan 001.JPG Kagoshima Prefecture 662 (1993) vii, ix 10,747 ha Natural Site: warm temperate ancient forest

Location of sites[edit]

Tentative list[edit]

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

Name Image Location UNESCO data Monuments (incomplete listing)
Asuka-Fujiwara: Archaeological Sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties Takamatsuzuka mural 2006-03-31.jpg 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
Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki Kuroshima church.jpg Nagasaki Prefecture 5096 (2007) ii, iii, iv, v, vi Ōura Cathedral, Urakami Cathedral, Twenty-six Martyrs Monument, Hara Castle, Hinoe Castle
Hikone-jō Hikone castle5537.JPG Shiga Prefecture 374 (1992) i, ii, iii, iv Hikone Castle
Jōmon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidō, Northern Tōhoku, and other regions Oyu-kanjyouretuseki.JPG Hokkaidō, Aomori/Iwate/Akita Prefecture 5398 (2009) iii, iv Sannai-Maruyama site, Ōdai Yamamoto I site
Main Building of the National Museum of Western Art National museum of western art05s3200.jpg Tokyo 5164 (2007) i, ii, vi National Museum of Western Art
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters NintokuTomb.jpg Osaka Prefecture 5570 (2010) ii, iii, iv Mozu kofungun, Furuichi kofungun
Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region Munakata taisya honden.JPG Fukuoka Prefecture 5400 (2009) ii, iii, iv, vi Okinoshima, Munakata Taisha
The Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyūshū and Yamaguchi Kagoshima Syuseikan.jpg Kyūshū/Kagoshima Prefecture 5399 (2009) ii, iii, iv Hashima Coal Mine, Former Glover House, Shūseikan, Miike Coal Mine, Yawata Steel Works, Mutsurejima Lighthouse, Hagi reverberatory furnace, Shōkasonjuku Academy, Hagi castle town
The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines Sadokinzan-doyunowareto 01.JPG Niigata Prefecture 5572 (2010) ii, iii, iv Sado mines
The Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage 富岡製糸場・繰糸場.jpg Gunma Prefecture 5094 (2007) ii, ii, iv, v Tomioka silk mill

Previous tentative list sites[edit]

List of sites whose nomination was not approved by the World Heritage Committee.

Name Image Location UNESCO data Reason(s) inscription was not recommended
Kamakura, Home of the Samurai KamakuraDaibutsu3947.jpg Kanagawa Prefecture 370 (1992) iii, iv Site lacked integrity.

Current status[edit]

In January 2012 the Japanese Government requested the inscription of the tentative sites of Kamakura and Mount Fuji in 2013. The request was considered by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September, 2013. Mount Fuji was successfully inscribed on the List. However ICOMOS recommended not inscribing the Kamakura site, stating that the historical aspects of the site had largely been supplanted by the modern city that grew up around it and thus the site lacked the integrity necessary to be considered.[3] The request for World Heritage status for Kamakura was duly withdrawn by Japan.[2]

The Japanese Government plans to request the inscription in 2014 of The Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage.[4][5] The Amami and Ryūkyū Islands (Yanbaru) have been selected for nomination as a joint fifth Natural Site and a study panel is to be formed to consider a sixth candidate site.[5][6]

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