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Shirakami Sanchi, Tohoku

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Shirakami-Sanchi 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.SummaryThe Shirakami-Sanchi was one of the first sites entered on the World Heritage List in Japan, along with Yakushima, Himeji Castle, and Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area 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.HighlightsPrimeval beech forestThe beech tree is usually unsuitable for cultivation of the Shiitake mushroom. Therefore, beech forests have never been disturbed by Shiitake farmers and remain in a state of preservation much greater than that of surrounding forests. Apart from beech trees, Katsura, Kalopanax, Japanese Hop-hornbeam and other species of tall deciduous trees are found in the forest.
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  • It is one of world heritages and people are allowed to enter into authorized area only. But the forests are preserved and deep. When I visited "Futatsumori" yesterday, there are some small stones fall...  more »
  • It was the beautiful forest and river. The tree was so green, and the river was crystal clear. You can enjoy walking along the river if you like to be in the nature.  more »
  • Bit difficult to summarise the entirety of a large forest in a single review, but I'll try to cover the bits I visited: Rent a car in Hirosaki. There are loads of places that do it - Times, Nipponrent...  more »