Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Pictures

Feb 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Kyoto, Tokyo and Vicinity

There are eleven cultural and three natural  UNESCO World heritage sites in Japan.  All of them offer visitors the chance to learn about the culure, ancient architecture, lifestyles and beliefs of the Japanese people.  At the same time their breathtaking beauty will take leave you in awe – enjoy these images from Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama in Gifu and Toyama prefectures

Shirakawa UNESCO Japan

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) in Kyoto and Shiga prefectures

Kyoto UNESCO Japan

Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area in Nara Prefecture

Horyu-ji UNESCO Japan

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) in Hiroshima Prefecture

Genbaku Dome Hiroshima UNESCO Japan

Himeji-jo in Hyogo Prefecture

Himeji Castle UNESCO Japan

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture

Itsukushima UNESCO Japan

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara in Nara Prefecture

Nara UNESCO Japan

Shrines and Temples of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture

Nikko UNESCO Japan

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

Ryukyu UNESCO Japan

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range in Mie, Nara and Wakayama Prefectures

Kii UNESCO Japan

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in Shimane Prefecture

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine UNESCO Japan

Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture

Yakushima UNESCO Japan

Shirakami-Sanchi in Aomori and Akita Prefectures

Shirakami-Sanchi UNESCO Japan

Shiretoko in Hokkaido prefecture

Shiretoko UNESCO Japan

Learn more about Japan’s Unesco World Heritage Sites at Web-Japan where you will find details on each site along with it’s cultural or natural significance.

Image Credit: Flickr, Horyu-ji IV, Himeji-jo postcard view 1, yakushima_forest_day1_lg, Fujisato Komagatake 藤里駒ケ岳 (秋田), The Golden Pavilion Temple Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan, Shirakawa, Views of the A-Bomb Dome, miyaJima_DSC_5885, temple_nara2, World Heritage in Nikko, P1010023, Second Lake(Shiretoko Five Lakes), and even buddhas need keeping warm & Wikimedia, Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Shimizudani Refinery Ruins 001

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  2. excellent photo gallery of Japan’s fourteen UNESCO World Heritage sites and dream of visiting them yourself someday. thumbs up!!

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  4. Beautiful pictures I plan to visit Japan in the future if possible I plan to vist this places

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  6. Excellent pictures you have there.

  7. Great pictures. The one of the green forest from Yakushima looks like it is straight out of a movie…or maybe even created for one.

  8. Beautiful pictures and places I like them all hopefully in the future I will get the chance to visit these beautiful places.

  9. Really nice pictures there. It’s often hard to find these on the internet by searching. Got here by stumbling!

  10. I loved these pictures and they made me want to visit japan even more.

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