UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

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Himeji Castle, Hyogo Prefecture

Himeji Castle or Himeji-jō is the most beautiful and most visited castle in Japan. It is also one of the last remaining original castles. The whole structure consists of an network of 83 buildings.

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Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto is without doubt the number one travel destination in Japan. Enjoy these outstanding historical sites like
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji
Ginkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera
Shimogamo Shrine

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Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture

Shirakawa-go is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 (the 6th World Heritage in Japan). The place is famous for the unique architecture style of Gassho-zukuri farmhouses.

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Miyajima Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Hiroshima Prefecture

The torii of the Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima Island is one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations.

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Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Nikko is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan. The Temples and Shrines of Nikko are a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1999.

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Hiroshima Genbaku Dome, Tochigi Prefecture

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial building was the last standing structure in central Hiroshima after the atomic bomb blast on the 6th August 1945.

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Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, Nara Prefecture

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. With 8 UNESCO World Heritage Site this city is a must-see during your Japan trip. Great sightseeing spots are:
Todaiji Temple
Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Heijo Palace
Kofukuji Temple

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Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture

Yakushima belongs to the Ōsumi Islands. The round-shaped suptropical island covers an area of app. 505 square kilometres with an population of 15.000. The highest mountain with 1935m is called Miyanoura-dake.

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Shirakami Sanchi, Aomori and Akita Prefectures

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the northern part of Honshu. Shirakami Sanchi has one of the last natural beech forests in East Asia.

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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Shimane Prefecture

Iwami Ginzan was the largest Silver Mine in Japan, which produced high-quality silver, known as Soma Silver, for over 400 years.

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Shiretoko Peninsula Hokkaido, Hokkaido Prefecture

Shiretoko Peninsula is considered the last remaining wilderness in Japan with a unique flora and fauna.

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Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture

For many people Mt.Fuji is the symbol of Japan. The perfect shape and beauty of this volcano was praised in literature and paintings for centuries.

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Kumano Kodo Daimonzaka Hill, Wakayama Prefecture

Japan Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. These places are part of it:
Mount Koya
Kumano Kodo
Mount Yoshino

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Ogasawara Islands, Ogasawara Subprefecture

The islands are located approximately 1000km south of Tokyo. Around 30 subtropical islands belong to this group. Out of these Mukojima, Chichijima, and Hahajima (excluding settlements) are UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, Okinawa Prefecture

The Gusuku sites and related properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu are a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Okinawa Island. Have fun exploring the following places:
Zakimi Castle
Nakagusuku Castle
Shuri Castle
Katsuren Castle

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