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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 1993
Location: Asia, Japan, Ajigasawa-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture; Fukaura-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun
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Description: This trackless site, located in the mountains of northern Honshu, consists of the last remains of the cool-temperate forest of Siebold's beech trees that used to cover northern Japan’s hills and mountain slopes. This forest houses the black bear, the serow and 87 species of birds. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Shirakami-Sanchi (白神山地, Shirakami-Sanchi lit. white god mountain area) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Honshū, 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. Beech trees make up a large portion of the forest. The Shirakami-Sanchi was one of the first sites entered on the World Heritage List in Japan, along with Yakushima, Himeji Castle, and the Hōryū-ji area Buddhist monuments in 1993. The Shirakami-Sanchi is usually said to contain large areas of forest not covered by the World Heritage listing. However the level of preservation in these areas is not as high as in the central listed area. The World Heritage Site area has never been opened to human activity or trails other than mountain climbers' paths, and is planned to be protected in this state. Permission is needed from Forest Management to enter the heart of the Shirakami-Sanchi. Fishing requires permission from both the Fishing Cooperative and Forest Management. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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