Complete list of World Heritage Sites in Japan

Matome Culture & Lifestyle
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 19:27

There are 20 world heritages in Japan

26 out of 47 prefectures of Japan have world heritages.
Some of them are not famous among even Japanese people. However all of them has histories or magnificent nature.

In this article, I would like to introduce all the world heritages in Japan.
If you get a chance, I would like you to visit every heritage.

1. Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area / 法隆寺地域の仏教建造物

Hōryū-ji (法隆寺?, lit. Temple of the Flourishing Law) is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Its full name is Hōryū Gakumonji (法隆学問寺), or Learning Temple of the Flourishing Law, the complex serving as both a seminary and monastery.

The temple's pagoda is widely acknowledged to be one of the oldest wooden buildings existing in the world, underscoring Hōryū-ji's place as one of the most celebrated temples in Japan.[1][2] In 1993, Hōryū-ji was inscribed together with Hokki-ji as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area. The Japanese government lists several of its structures, sculptures and artifacts as National Treasures. A study of its shinbashira, the central wooden column almost suspended inside the Tō in 2001 led to a conclusion about the structure being older than previously thought by a century.
Source: Wikipedia
 Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area
Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area
Source: Wikipedia
@ShoCamera1
KAKERU@Camera@ShoCamera1
法隆寺 卍
2枚目のシルエット感お気に入り🙆‍♂️ https://t.co/PZGs2W1SBr
https://t.co/PZGs2W1SBr
@okamochimochi
岡餅(麺)@okamochimochi
気持ちが分散してるときや、何か頑張ろうって思った時は法隆寺に行きます。 https://t.co/xBz6dkROZb
https://t.co/xBz6dkROZb

2. Himeji-jō / 姫路城

Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō?) is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period.[7] The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō ("White Egret Castle" or "White Heron Castle") because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.[6][8]

Himeji Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill. The fort was dismantled and rebuilt as Himeyama Castle in 1346, and then remodeled into Himeji Castle two centuries later. Himeji Castle was then significantly remodeled in 1581 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who added a three-story castle keep. In 1600, Tokugawa Ieyasu awarded the castle to Ikeda Terumasa for his help in the Battle of Sekigahara, and Ikeda completely rebuilt the castle from 1601 to 1609, expanding it into a large castle complex.[3] Several buildings were later added to the castle complex by Honda Tadamasa from 1617 to 1618.[5] For over 400 years, Himeji Castle has remained intact, even throughout the extensive bombing of Himeji in World War II, and natural disasters such as the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake.[3][2][9]

Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.[2] The area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated National Treasures.[5][10] Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, Himeji Castle is considered one of Japan's three premier castles.[11] In order to preserve the castle buildings, it underwent restoration work for several years and reopened to the public on March 27, 2015.[12] The works also removed decades of dirt and grime, restoring the formerly gray roof to its original brilliant white color.
Source: Wikipedia
@kohaluhallo25
こはる心暖◡̈♥︎@kohaluhallo25
おはようございます

2015年 姫路城の上空でブルーインパルス祝賀飛行(修復完了記念) https://t.co/S1r0A9yKW8
https://t.co/S1r0A9yKW8
@gokigensandany
きただにひろし@gokigensandany
朝から姫路城ー!
すげー良かった
感動したっす(๑>◡<๑)
。。。
#jamproject #きただにひろし https://t.co/ulxd3ZqZui
https://t.co/ulxd3ZqZui

3. Yakushima / 屋久島

Yakushima (屋久島?) is one of the Ōsumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The island, 504.88 km² in area, has a population of 13,178. Access to the island is by hydrofoil ferry (7 or 8 times a day from Kagoshima, depending on the season), slow car ferry (once or twice a day from Kagoshima), or by air to Yakushima Airport (3 to 5 times daily from Kagoshima, once daily from Fukuoka and once daily from Osaka). Administratively, the whole island is the town of Yakushima. The town also serves neighbouring Kuchinoerabujima. The majority of the island is within the borders of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park.[1]

Yakushima's electricity is more than 50% hydroelectric, and surplus power has been used to produce hydrogen gas in an experiment by Kagoshima University. The island has been a test site for Honda's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle research. (There are no hydrogen cars stationed on the island but electric cars are run by the municipality.)
Source: Wikipedia
@yakushimadas
屋久島旅人ガイド太田・おおたさん^^!@yakushimadas
https://t.co/jHczyUqVnw

4. Shirakami-Sanchi / 白神山地

Shirakami-Sanchi (白神山地?, literally white god mountain area) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Honshu, Japan. This mountainous, unspoiled expanse of virgin forest straddles both Akita and Aomori Prefectures. Of the entire 1,300 km², a tract covering 169.7 km² was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1993. Siebold's beech trees make up a large portion of the forest.
Source: Wikipedia
@_world_bestview
綺麗すぎる世界遺産@_world_bestview
白神山地(日本)-青森県の南西部から秋田県北西部にかけて広がっている標高1,000m級の山岳地帯。 1993年屋久島と並び日本初のユネスコ世界遺産に登録。 人の影響をほとんど受けていない原生的なブナ天然林が世界最大級の規模で分布。 https://t.co/O5lgB6UPrl
https://t.co/O5lgB6UPrl
@hobojun
ホーボージュン@hobojun
白神山地の冬。核心部まで入らなくてもこんなに美しい。 https://t.co/4ZzVWZbzOU
https://t.co/4ZzVWZbzOU

5. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto / 古都京都の文化財

@terusannnohibi
てる♪Ю―(^▽^o) ♪@terusannnohibi
おはようございます☕
日曜日の朝、今日も寒い1日になりそうですね😓
昨日少しだけ見れた雪景色です⛄
今日も暖かくして良い1日をお過ごし下さい~o(^o^)o
#下鴨神社 https://t.co/TC251c2ZRA
https://t.co/TC251c2ZRA
@nejimakihide
ねじまき@nejimakihide
今朝の金閣寺

住んでいても
なかなか見られない
美しさでした https://t.co/sMzIf46OMu
https://t.co/sMzIf46OMu
@ntwhjp
W.H. and N.T. in Jp@ntwhjp
https://t.co/MqRW6f2EVS

6. Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama / 白川郷・五箇山の合掌造り集落

Shirakawa (白川村 Shirakawa-mura?) is a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-gō, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri.

As of July 2011, the village has an estimated population of 1,734. The total area is 356.55 km2 (137.66 sq mi).

The village is located near Takayama, in Gifu. Together with Gokayama in Nanto, Toyama, it is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Source: Wikipedia
@asuka_____i
白川郷の定番撮影スポットから…
雪が激しすぎたり、止んでしまったりで、思ったようにはなかなかいかず…(^-^;

#白川郷
#合掌造り
#Sonyalpha https://t.co/Xc1eVHYk74
https://t.co/Xc1eVHYk74
@S4Rotty
白川郷
がんばった🙃 https://t.co/T4vNdE5M8x
https://t.co/T4vNdE5M8x

7. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) / 原爆ドーム

'Hiroshima Peace Memorial (広島平和記念碑 Hiroshima heiwa kinenhi?), commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome or Genbaku Dōmu (原爆ドーム?, A-Bomb Dome), in Hiroshima, Japan, is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 1945. Over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation.[1]
Source: Wikipedia
@japanese_meisyo
日本の観光名所bot@japanese_meisyo
平和記念碑(原爆ドーム)【広島県】
日本の広島市に投下された原子爆弾の惨禍を今に伝える記念碑。ユネスコの世界遺産に登録されており、「二度と同じような悲劇が起こらないように」との戒めや願いをこめて、特に負の世界遺産と呼ばれている。 https://t.co/7pqVMIakwG
https://t.co/7pqVMIakwG

8. Itsukushima Shrine / 厳島神社

Itsukushima (厳島?) is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. It is popularly known as Miyajima (宮島?), which in Japanese means the Shrine Island.[1] The island is one of Hayashi Gahō's Three Views of Japan specified in 1643. Itsukushima is part of the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture. The island was part of the former town of Miyajima before the 2005 merger with Hatsukaichi.

Itsukushima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2] According to records, the shrine was established in the time of Empress Suiko. The warrior-courtier Taira no Kiyomori gave the shrine its present form. In 1555, Mōri Motonari defeated Sue Harukata at the Battle of Miyajima. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built a large building, the Senjō-kaku, on a hill above the shrine.

Itsukushima has a number of temples, including Toyokuni Shrine with a five-storied pagoda,[3] and Daiganji Temple - one of the three most famous Benzaiten temples of Japan.[4] The island is also famous for its upper hill side cherry blossoms and maple leaf autumn foliage.[5]

The island of Itsukushima, including the waters around it (part of Seto Inland Sea), are within Setonaikai National Park. This sea is affected by strong tides. At low tide, the bottom of the sea is exposed past the island's torii. At high tide, the sea covers all the previously exposed seabed mud and fills areas underneath the shrine boardwalk.
Source: Wikipedia
@fsc7777
世界遺産好き!@fsc7777
厳島神社・摂社客神社(広島)#厳島神社 https://t.co/MMYS3lzPBz
https://t.co/MMYS3lzPBz
@thestral_luv
みよ゚?@thestral_luv
宮島、厳島神社 https://t.co/bfY6rqoRvM
https://t.co/bfY6rqoRvM

9. Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara / 古都奈良の文化財

@fsc7777
世界遺産好き!@fsc7777
【日本/奈良】古都奈良の文化財
平城京として栄えた歴史を伝える歴史的遺稿が「古都奈良の文化財」である。唐の長安をモデルにした平城京は、東大寺、興福寺、元興寺、薬師寺、唐招提寺、春日大社、春日原始林、平城京跡の8物件。 https://t.co/qByF8xFEbn
https://t.co/qByF8xFEbn
@suizou
suizou@suizou
奈良は京都より寒いけどなかなか積もらないのですが、古都の雪景色も粋なものです。鹿さんは雪でも元気いっぱいだしw こちらは3年前に雪が積もった時の「なら瑠璃絵」 https://t.co/g5LjPgZRBS https://t.co/k0M45BJBf9
https://t.co/k0M45BJBf9

10. Shrines and Temples of Nikkō / 日光の社寺

@chocoa_npn
紅葉ライトアップサイコーでした!季節に彩られた社寺はステキだね
サンキュー日光! https://t.co/PkWDmsHrS7
https://t.co/PkWDmsHrS7

11. Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu / 琉球王国のグスク及び関連遺産群

@heritage_TBS
世界遺産@heritage_TBS
次回、2月5日の放送は、沖縄の「琉球王国のグスク及び関連遺産群」です。かつて沖縄で栄えた琉球王国、その頃作られた独特の城をグスクといいます。最も有名なグスクは、那覇の首里城。写真は、その首里城の守礼門です。 https://t.co/2vjTb36voY
https://t.co/2vjTb36voY
@fsc7777
世界遺産好き!@fsc7777
【日本/沖縄県】琉球王国のグスク及び関連遺産群
15世紀~19世紀にかけて存在した琉球王国の文化を今に伝える遺産群である。日本や明、東南アジアなどとの中継貿易で栄えた琉球では、当時の日本文化とは異なる独自の文化が形成された。 https://t.co/Kh57ofwEC5
https://t.co/Kh57ofwEC5

12. Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range / 紀伊山地の霊場と参詣道

@fsc7777
世界遺産好き!@fsc7777
【日本/和歌山・奈良・三重】紀伊山地の霊場と参詣道
和歌山県を中心に3県にまたがる紀伊山地には、古代から信仰を集めた霊場が点在している。世界遺産には、吉野・大峯、熊野三山、高野山の3つの霊場と、それらを結ぶ参詣道が登録されている。 https://t.co/p9pl2bWa3t
https://t.co/p9pl2bWa3t
@__Spirit_Spots
【閲覧注意】心霊スポット@__Spirit_Spots
【No.0638:那智滝】和歌山県東牟婁郡那智勝浦町那智山にある滝。日本三名瀑の一つで、2004年に『紀伊山地の霊場と参詣道』として世界遺産にも登録された。「心霊写真が撮れる」「不浄霊が漂っている」などの噂がある。 https://t.co/EvhNcS9mX4
https://t.co/EvhNcS9mX4

13. Shiretoko / 知床

@Fortew_F
ふぉるてぅ@駅256@Fortew_F
道東遠征2日目その6。知床連山、海別岳、斜里岳をバックに。 #ふぉるてぅ撮り鉄メモ #駅メモ写真部 https://t.co/6ZEfX8SC1H
https://t.co/6ZEfX8SC1H
@tsuyopokkur
知床@つよぽっくる@tsuyopokkur
昨日は網走で流氷初日。
今日はウトロで流氷初日(諸説あり)。

天候にも恵まれて、真っ青な海に白い流氷✨
知床連山だって、ふりかえれば、美しいカタチ!

夕陽まで...なんて、出来すぎた一日が怖い。 https://t.co/6mQ37FJdC8
https://t.co/6mQ37FJdC8

14. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape / 石見銀山遺跡とその文化的景観

@shiraman_19
K.Shirakusa@shiraman_19
3日目。石見銀山に登って元炭坑
に潜って来た〜。雰囲気と人の
少なさで異世界に来てる感凄かった https://t.co/Pj2QBPcv2e
https://t.co/Pj2QBPcv2e
@japan_gensen
【厳選】日本の絶景スポット@japan_gensen
島根県 石見銀山(いわみぎんざん)

江戸時代の最盛期、日本は世界の銀の3分の1を産出。かなりの部分がこの石見銀山のものだそうです。周りの街並みも素敵です。 https://t.co/Pc0C2NyuJE
https://t.co/Pc0C2NyuJE

15. Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land / 平泉―仏国土(浄土)を表す建築・庭園及び考古学的遺跡群

@fsc7777
世界遺産好き!@fsc7777
中尊寺金色堂内陣(岩手)#平泉-仏国土(浄土)を表す建築・庭園及び考古学的遺跡群 https://t.co/5myId9SMND
https://t.co/5myId9SMND
@reki4tabi
ニホンタビ 旅行マガジン@reki4tabi
かつて奥州藤原氏が平泉で実現を目指した極楽浄土の世界。今回は藤原氏と平泉の歴史を紐解きながら、今再びの世界遺産・平泉を巡る旅をご紹介していきます。
https://t.co/6Q1GzsrRK6 https://t.co/ePCcDWYH7b
https://t.co/ePCcDWYH7b

16. Ogasawara Islands / 小笠原諸島

@zekkei_japan
日本の絶景~ぶらり旅~@zekkei_japan
小笠原諸島 https://t.co/qcJaT5wVLC
https://t.co/qcJaT5wVLC
@kubo120_hs
くぼ しゅんすけ@kubo120_hs
今年の冬までに10万貯めて関口と小笠原諸島行くでええええええええええ
今1万。。。。。。 https://t.co/4GLNDfKUG0
https://t.co/4GLNDfKUG0

17. Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration / 富士山―信仰の対象と芸術の源泉

@hashimuki
富士山写真家@hashimuki@hashimuki
おはようございます🌞なぜかパノラマ台で朝を迎えました❄️
#富士山 #iPhone7Plus https://t.co/RU7gysTo1E
https://t.co/RU7gysTo1E
@hashimuki
富士山写真家@hashimuki@hashimuki
おはようございます😊
過去に撮影した写真を再現像中なのですが、やっぱり雪の無い富士山もカッコエエなぁって改めて感じております🗻

#富士山 #ファインダー越しのわたしの世界 #癒しの富士 #Canon https://t.co/YmVB99cayl
https://t.co/YmVB99cayl

18. Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites / 富岡製糸場と絹産業遺産群

@rowukp
滝漣太郎@rowukp
そんでもって富岡製糸場見学してきました! https://t.co/zgZyn7GZO8
https://t.co/zgZyn7GZO8
@Pokkapoka_poker
富岡製糸場!
敷地も広くて補修工事とか機械とか歴史もすごかったんだけど最後の鼠小僧だけはずーっと謎だった https://t.co/tkknEUZDor
https://t.co/tkknEUZDor
@fsc7777
世界遺産好き!@fsc7777
富岡製糸場(群馬)柱の少ない製糸場内部 #富岡製糸場 https://t.co/UbXI36Ubxz
https://t.co/UbXI36Ubxz

19. Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining / 明治日本の産業革命遺産 製鉄・製鋼、造船、石炭産業

@wonderpost0207
息を飲むような美しい風景の館@wonderpost0207
https://t.co/KCNMz3w9Ta
@my1fxxxlu4e
まうすけξ*‘ ー‘)?ネギぴーす@my1fxxxlu4e
https://t.co/CLZ9sJRRIG

20. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement / ル・コルビュジエの建築作品-近代建築運動への顕著な貢献-

@kentikuA8Bot
建築家デザインbot@kentikuA8Bot
ル・コルビュジエ / 東京
「国立西洋美術館」
https://t.co/Vl2Ze1fCiO
https://t.co/Vl2Ze1fCiO
@fusehideto
布施英利(ふせ ひでと)@fusehideto
国立西洋美術館ぶらぶら。・・・ここは東京で一番美しい空間だと思うが、なぜ、ル・コルビュジエの意に反して、まったく別の照明を付けて、本来の光の空間を壊しているのか、未だに理解できない。 https://t.co/T7SaiGtwcY
https://t.co/T7SaiGtwcY

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