List of World Heritage Sites in Japan facts for kids
UNESCO was created for the "conservation and protection of the world’s inheritance of books, works of art and monuments of history and science". The constitution of UNESCO was ratified in 1946 by 26 countries.
Japan agreed to take part in the World Heritage Convention on 30 June 1992.
As of 2012, there are 16 WHS places in Japan.
There are 12 sites which are on a tentative list.
|Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area||Nara Prefecture||cultural site|
|Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu||Okinawa Prefecture||cultural site|
|Himeji-jō||Hyōgo Prefecture||cultural site|
|Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land||Iwate Prefecture||cultural site|
|Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)||Hiroshima Prefecture||cultural site|
|Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto||Kyoto/Shiga Prefecture||cultural site|
|Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara||Nara Prefecture||cultural site|
|Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama||Gifu/Toyama Prefecture||cultural site|
|Itsukushima Shinto Shrine||Hiroshima Prefecture||cultural site|
|Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape||Shimane Prefecture||cultural site|
|Ogasawara Islands||Tokyo||Natural Site|
|Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range||Mie/Nara/Wakayama Prefecture|
|Shrines and Temples of Nikkō||Tochigi Prefecture||cultural site|
|Shirakami-Sanchi||Aomori/Akita Prefecture||natural site|
|Shiretoko||Hokkaidō||natural site—peninsula and marine area|
|Yakushima||Kagoshima Prefecture||natural site—warm temperate ancient forest|
The Tentative List consists of sites which have been nominated. The evaluation process is not yet completed.
- Asuka-Fujiwara: Archaeological Sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties
- Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki
- Hikone-Jo (castle)
- Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions
- Main Building of the National Museum of Western Art
- Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyûshû and Yamaguchi
- Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters
- Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region
- Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines
- Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura
- Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage
In January 2012 the Japanese government requested the inscription of the tentative sites of Kamakura and Mount Fuji in 2013, with plans to request the inscription in 2014 of The Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage. 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.
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