List of World Heritage Sites in Japan
Japan accepted the UNESCO World Heritage Convention on 30 June 1992. As of July 2018, twenty-two properties have been inscribed on the World Heritage List: seventeen cultural sites and four natural sites. A further eight sites and one site extension have been submitted for future inscription and are currently on the Tentative List as of 2017.
World Heritage Sites
The Tentative List consists of sites previously nominated, but not yet inscribed.
In January 2012 the Japanese Government requested the inscription of the tentative sites of Kamakura in 2013. The request was considered by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September, 2013. 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. The request for World Heritage status for Kamakura was duly withdrawn by Japan.
In 2016 Japan Cultural Affairs Agency nominated Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki, but decided to withdraw after UNESCO advisory panel, ICOMOS asked Japan to review its nomination citing failure to explain their overall value.  Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki have been resubmitted for the year 2018 together with Amami and Ryūkyū Islands (Yanbaru). On June 30, 2018, Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region were included in the list. In February 2018, the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters were sent for UNESCO review for its inclusion in the World Heritage List in 2019.
Performance of Japan in UNESCO
|UNESCO List||Exclusive Entries of Japan||Shared/Multinational Entries Involving Japan||Total|
|UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves||9||—||9|
|UNESCO World Heritage List||20||1||21|
|UNESCO Memory of the World Register||5||2||7|
|UNESCO Global Geoparks Network||8||—||8|
|UNESCO Creative Cities Network||8||—||8|
|UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists||21||—||21|
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- Cultural Properties of Japan
- National Treasures of Japan
- Cultural Landscapes of Japan
- National Parks of Japan
- Japanese occupation of the Philippines
- "Japan". UNESCO. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
- "Evaluations of Nominations of Cultural and Mixed Properties WHC-13/37.COM/INF.8B1, pg. 125" (PDF).
- "Decisions Adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 37TH Session WHC-13/37.COM/20, Decision: 37 COM 8B.28" (PDF).
- "Japan to scrap World Heritage bid for historic Christian sites in Kyushu". The Japan Times. 9 February 2016.
- (in Japanese) World Heritage Sites in Japan
- (in Japanese) Database of National Cultural Properties - World Heritage (世界遺産)