Did you know that there are 19 properties have been inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in Japan? (15 cultural sites and 4 natural sites, as of August 2015.)
In Part3, I will introduce 5 sites in Western Japan.
1. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape
2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial
3. Itsukushima Shrine
Many of you must have seen a picture of this beautiful shrine. It is on the island of Itsukushima (厳島), in Hiroshima prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine is best known for the floating shrine, the picture above.
However, it appears float on the water at high tide. During the low tide, you are able to walk near the torii gate.
This view of the torii gate is selected as one of the Three Views of Japan.
More about Three Views of Japan : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Views_of_Japan
4. Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
This site consists of 9 sites located in Okinawa prefecture. The picture above is one of the sites, Shuri Castle. Gusuku means castle in Ryukyu (old Okinawa) Language. Okinawa prefecture used to be an independent country called Ryuku Kingdom. Since Ryuku Kingdom was far away from the main land of Japan, Ryuku has developed unique culture itself. Still today, unique Okinawa food and languages, culture attracts many tourists.
5. Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining
This is the newest site as of August 2015, which was registered in 2015. It is the grouping of historic sites which played important role in Japan’s industrialization, during the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods, from end of 19th century till early 20th century.
There are 30 components from north to south, so I will put the link of wikipedia for further information.
The detailed article about Hashima and Nagasaki are here:
This is the end of introducing the cultural sites. In Part4, I will introduce 4 natural sites.