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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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  • 值得推薦的好景點,白神山地被列為世界遺產的景觀,有著像仙境一樣的森林保護區,觀光客較少,有當地人前往爬山遊玩。著名的「青池」是個堰塞湖,底池是稀有的毛山櫸,會隨著天氣與光線而產生不同的顏色(但個人覺得還是台灣南投忘憂森林整片的堰塞湖比較壯觀),若是有時間可以安排整個上午,在森林大口呼吸做森林浴,是個很棒的體驗! 
  • Even just to wander around sometimes as beech-woods, followed by a non-paved road in the car could get the power of nature. Saido Tsugaru pass the 400-year-old beech, arukimasu from a little more bears news and was a little scared.
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  • I wanted to look at shirakami-Sanchi world heritage site, was trekking. Mountains around the 1000 m are great, I thought that even people who don't usually climb can go up to the top level.
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