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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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  • August 14, 2017
    I had only half-time in 30 minutes from hirosaki city could go, flip through the beech forest. Beech forest air is good, but the stream is clean and easy to go near the water, watching the flow of fun. Become a world natural heritage site, are equipped with various pedestrian entrance is puzzling. During the summer, camp sites etc stayed. In half a day I jammed mountain roads might have been impossible.
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  • July 22, 2017
    Guidebook on the way is steep so far, guide, it was beautiful, but it wasn't. Is not suddenly and not offering enough, short distance, an hour and a half round trip from enough if. Just the way to the trailhead, steep continuous curves where passing is not too much, not a veteran driver would find it hard. Meet other car and luckily there wasn't. As a child so no wheel removal confirmed the road along the way, the shirakami fureai-Kan is said from a cell phone is not.
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  • July 15, 2017
    Become a lush primeval beech forest on the mountain in Aomori and Akita cross, step by step and very refreshing. I went to 2-woods with 12 Lakes, exposure to air, the very refreshing. Especially beautiful water is a good diversion.
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