World Natural Heritage Site “The Shirakami Sanchi”.
The Shirakami Sanchi is a mountainous region located in the northernmost part of Japan’s main island. It is an expansive 130,000 hectare area crossing into both Aomori and Akita prefectures.
The 16,971 hectare heart of the region was registered in December 1993 as Japan’s very first World Heritage Site, along with Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Many of the low-temperature climate beech trees which populated the northern hills and mountains of Japan long ago have disappeared.
However, because the Shirakami Sanchi located far from any city, and the terrain is full of precipitous cliffs, its trees have mostly been spared destruction by human hands. Here, a wide diversity of plants and animals thrive, including the Asian Black Bear, the Golden Eagle, and the Black Woodpecker.
The forest ecosystem created here is abundant, a paradise for many living creatures.
Long ago in Shirakami-Sanchi there lived the `Matagi` people, who lived through bear hunting, and also people who made a living selling charcoal. The Matagi huts and charcoal making huts they used are reconstructed along the course of Ni... More
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