Forests at World Heritage Sites
Some wooded areas of Japan have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Two World Natural Heritage Sites are the ancient beech forest in the Shirakami Mountains, and the forests of Yakushima, where ecosystem types range from subtropical to cold temperate. Elsewhere in Japan, temples, shrines and old villages have been named World Cultural Heritage Sites, and almost all of them have a close association with forests. These pages present forests in Japan that have been honored as the heritage of Planet Earth.
Written by Sakata Shuji
Photos by Ishibashi Mutsumi
Other photo credits: JTB Photo; Sekai Bunka Photo