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World Heritage Sites

Places that are ‘inscribed on the World Heritage List’ for Japan are listed below. Where relevant the page numbers in Japan by Rail are given.

Honshu

Fujisan
Mt Fuji (Fuji-san) (© Japan by Rail)

Central Honshu

Cultural

• Historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (see pp179-80)
Fuji-san (see p133)

On the tentative list

• The main building of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (see p90)
• Temples and shrines in ancient Kamakura (see pp106-10)

Koya-san
Pilgrims rotate the prayer
wheel at a stupa in the
Danjo-Garan complex, Koya-san (© LR)

Kansai

Cultural

Horyu-ji (see p222), near Nara, and other Buddhist monuments in the area
• Historic monuments in ancient Kyoto (see pp198-212), Uji (Byodoin; see p215) and Otsu
• Historic monuments in ancient Nara (see pp215-22)
• Sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii mountain range, Wakayama (see p196). The best-known site in this grouping is probably Koya-san; Danjo-Garan is one of the two most sacred sites in Koya-san.











Itsukushimatorii
Itsukushima torii, Miyajima (© Japan by Rail)

Western Honshu

Cultural

Himeji-jo (Himeji castle; see pp228-9)
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome; see pp252-8)
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Miyajima (see pp258-60)
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its cultural landscape (see pp239-40)

On the tentative list

Hikone-jo (Hikone castle; see p188)


Tohoku

Cultural

• Shrines and temples in Nikko (see pp271-2)
Hiraizumi: temples, gardens and archaeological sites
representing the Buddhist Pure Land (see pp280-1)

MotsujiHiraizumi
Pure Land Garden, Motsu-ji, Hiraizumi (© Japan by Rail)

Natural

Shirakami-Sanchi (see p293)

On the tentative list

• The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (see pp311-12)
Hiraizumi: temples, gardens and archaeological sites representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension to the area already inscribed; see pp280-1);

26martyrs
On the tentative list:
Site of the Martyrdom of the 26 saints of Japan (© Japan by Rail)

Hokkaido

Natural

Shiretoko (see p332)

Kyushu

On the tentative list

• Churches and Christian sites in Nagasaki (see pp389-97)

Places not mentioned in Japan by Rail

Cultural

Gusuku sites and related properties of the kingdom of Ryukyu

Natural

Ogasawara Islands
Yakushima, Osumu Islands, nr Kagoshima, Kyushu

On the tentative list

Tomioka Silk Mill and related industrial Heritage, Gunma prefecture, Central Honshu
Asuka-Fujiwara, near Nara, Kansai: archaeological sites of Japan’s ancient capitals and related properties
• The modern industrial heritage sites in Kyushu (and Yamaguchi)
Okinoshima Island and related sites in Munakata rigion
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, ancient tumulus clusters
Jomon archaeological sites in northern Tohoku, Hokkaido and other regions