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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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  • 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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  • Shirakami mountains directly want to see with my own eyes the shirakami fureai Hall guide it along with the summits of the Sanchi. From the Museum of crafts to climb by car 30-40 minutes from the trailhead to the Summit takes about 1 hour. Fresh beech forests, climb the trail, you can see the mountains I saw in "Princess Mononoke" in the middle. Try experience if you want take a look at climbing the shirakami mountain range. (Including travel time required is approximately 4 hours) I got to tour the next day 12 Lake was so beautiful, but I know the shirakami-Sanchi mountain with them.
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