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UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Japan

There are over 70 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan from the 20 UNESCO World Heritage Listings. These UNESCO World Heritage sites include both cultural and natural listings. Many of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Listings are made up of multiple sites, such as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) listing which consists of seventeen individual cultural sites.

Some of the most well known UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan include Mount Fuji, the famous temples of Kyoto, the historic sites of Nara and Himeji Castle.

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    Byodoin Temple

    Byodoin Temple is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist temple which appears on the 10 Yen coin. The picturesque Byodoin Temple is in tea making area of Uji near Kyoto. Though the Tale of Genji—also called Genji Monogatari—is one of the first romantic fictions published, the location where the story was Read more [...]

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    Itsukushima Shrine

    Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto Shrine on the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine was first constructed in the 6th century, but the current buildings date to the 12th century. Itsukushima Shrine is famous for its floating torii, Otorii, commonly referred to as Miyajima Torii, which appears to Read more [...]

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    Shikinaen Garden

    Shikinaen Garden was part of the Shuri Castle complex, however today the grounds of Shuri Castle have been reduced, leaving the Shikinaen Garden 1.5km from the center of Shuri Castle. Shikinaen Garden is in the outer suburbs of Naha on the main island of Naha Okinawa and a World Heritage Read more [...]

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    Shuri Castle

    Shuri Castle in Shuri Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Shuri Castle is a gusuku (Okinawa) style Japanese Castle which dates back to the 14th century, and was constructed by the Ryukyu kingdom. Shuri Castle contained the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. In 1945 the castle was almost completely Read more [...]

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    Seifa-utaki Shrine

    Seifa-utaki Shrine is the most sacred site in Okinawa and a World Heritage Site. Seifa-utaki Shrine consists of some striking natural rock formations including an arch formed between two massive rocks, caves and rock outcrops high above the sea. There were several buildings on the site, but these have been Read more [...]

  • Arafune Cold Storage

    Arafune Cold Storage is a historic facility associated with the silk industry, sericultural, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014. The facility built between 1905 and 1914 uses cold air flowing from underground to keep the air in each of its three chambers at the correct temperature. Read more [...]

  • Tajima Yahei Sericulture Farm

    Tajima Yahei Sericulture Farm is a famous historic farmhouse of a new design that was opimized for the production of sink. The farmhouse built in 1863 by Yahei Tajima, featured a new design with a raised tiled roof over a two story building that allowed better ventilation. This was an Read more [...]

  • Takayama-sha Sericulture School

    Takayama-sha Sericulture School is a famous historic school associated with the silk industry, sericultural, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014. In 1890 Chogoro Takayama developed the modern sericultural technique, seion-iku, based on temperature and humidity control via ventilation management. In 1891 the Takayama-sha Sericulture School was Read more [...]

  • Tomioka Silk Mill

    Tomioka Silk Mill is a historic silk mill that was the first in Japan to use mass production techniques based on imported French technology. This UNESCO World Heritage site exhibits the fully integrate industry approach that early Meiji Period Government had wished to develop, with the nearby Tajima Yahei Sericulture Read more [...]

  • Motsuji Temple

    Motsuji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. Motsuji Temple complex includes a Jodo (pure land) Japanese garden that contains the ruins of two much older temples, Enryuji and Kashoji which date back to the 12 century. Enryuji and Kashoji were both destroyed by fire in 1226. Read more [...]