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Japan’s World Heritage Site

Japan’s own 23 world heritage sites as of December 2020. World heritage is divided into 3 categories: ‘cultural heritage’, ‘natural heritage’, and ‘mixed heritage’, and Japan has 19 cultural heritage also 4 natural heritage. There are many cultural heritages but Japan’s culture is one of the rare things in the world.

Among the tourist destination in the area where the food-diversified restaurant introduced this year, we picked up some spots that registered as world heritage sites.

‘Kegonshudaihonzan Todaiji Temple’, Built as Pray for The Country’s Peace

‘Kegonshuu Daihonzan Todaiji Temple’ is located in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. It’s an infamous temple that appears in a history textbook with the official name ‘Kinkou Myoshiten Nougogoku no Tera’. A long time ago, among the temples run by Yamato Imperial Court which is the central organization that played a central role in Japan’s nation formation, the largest temple is called ‘Kantaiji’ and when Nara was the capital city, it’s called ‘Todaiji Temple’ because it was built on the east side of Heijokyo.

With 1200 years of history, it’s recognized for the historical values and the beauty of the building, and in December 1998 it was registered as part of ancient capital Nara’s cultural assets of the world heritage site.

Address 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara City 630-8587
Tel 0742-22-5511
Visit Time Please check the homepage for details as it varies depending on the facility
Access ・From Kyoto Station →get off at Kintetsu Nara Station (approx. 50 minutes)→50 minutes by walk to Todaiji Daibutsuden
Entrance Fee Please check the homepage for details as it varies depending on the facility

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‘Tomioka Silk Mill’, Japan’s First Silk Mill Full-Scale Instrument

The mill is located in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture. Raw silk was Japan’s largest export product, which was released from isolation in the late Edo period. Tomioka silk mill is a factory built with national power to support the Japanese industry. It was the largest factory at that time and greatly contributed to the modernization of Japanese industry. Due to its achievement in the technological innovation of the silk industry, in 2014 it was registered as ‘Tomioka Silk Mill and Industry’, one of the constituent assets of the world heritage site.

Address 1-1 Tomioka, Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture 370-2316
Tel 0274-64-0005
Closing Day End of year (29th – 31st December)
Business Hours 9:00〜17:00(Last admission 16:30)
Entrance Fee Adult :1000 JPY
University / High School Student :250 JPY
Junior High School / Elementary School Students :150 JPY
Preschooler :Free
Access ・Car
From Tokyo to Tomioka
Gunma IC (Kanetsu Highway )~ Fujioka JCT(Joshinetsu Highway)~Tomioka IC (approx. 75 minutes)
From Niigata to Tomioka
Nagaoka IC (Kanetsu Highway)~ Fujioka JCT (Joshinetsu Highway)~Tomioka IC (approx. 135 minutes)
From Tokyo to Tomioka City
Tokyo Station (Joetsu / Hokuriku Shinkansen)~Takasaki Station (transfer to Joshin Dentetsu)~Joshu Tomioka Station (approx. 95 minutes )
From Niigata to Tomioka City
Niigata Station (Joetsu Shinkansen)~ Takasaki Station(transfer to Joshin Dentetsu)~ Joshu Tomioka (approx. 120 minutes)
From Kanazawa to Tomioka City
Kanazawa Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen)~ Takasaki Station(transfer to Joshin Dentetsu)~ Joshu Tomioka Station (approx. 170 minutes)

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‘Itsukushima Shrine’, a World Heritage Site with Beautiful Architectural as If It Floating on The Sea

In 593 (the first year of Suiko), it’s said that Saeki Kuramoto, a powerful tribe who housed the area of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture, built the shrine in Mikasahama as a dedication to Ichikishima Hime’s order, the God of water. After that, when Taira no Kiyomori was appointed as Aki Mamoru in 1146, he becomes revered as the guardian deity of the Heike clan, and it’s said that it was built around 1168 to make Shinden-zukuri (architectural style of court nobles’ houses in the Heian period) as it’s now.

Since ancient times, Miyajima itself has been worshiped as a god, and because of that reason, it was built in the place where the tides ebb and flow instead of building on the Miyajima Island’s land. When the tide rises, you can see the fantastic architectural beauty as if it was floating on the sea.




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Address 1-1 Miyajima cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588
Tel 0829-44-2020
Business Hour 1st January :00:00 ~ 18:30
2nd January ~ 3rd January :06:30 ~ 18:30
4th January ~ End of February :06:30 ~ 17:30
1st March ~ 14th October :06:30 ~ 18:00
15th October ~ 30th November 1:06:30 ~ 17:30
1st December ~ 31st December :06:30~17:00
Closing Day Open all year round
Access アクセス Take the ferry from Miyajimaguchi Pier to Miyajima (Miyajima Pier)
10 minutes walk from Miyajima Pier to the entrance
・JR West Miyajima Ferry, Miyajima RouteJR (boarding time approx. 10 minutes)
・Miyajima Matsudai Kisen, Miyajima Route (boarding time approx. 10 minutes)
Access to Miyajimaguchi Pier
・JR West Sanyo Main Line, Miyajimaguchi Station (5 minutes walk)
・Hiroshima Dentetsu, Miyajima Line, Hiroden Miyajimaguchi Station (a short walk)

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‘Shirakawa-go Gassho-Zukuri Village’, Old-Fashioned Japanese Scenery Becomes a World Heritage Site!

It’s located in Shirakawamura, Ogimachi District, there are more than 100 large and small gassho-style houses, making it the largest gassho village in Japan. The villagers are still live there to preserve the traditional settlements. Since Shirakawa -go is located in Hida Takayama, a heavy snowfall area, it has a strong roof that can withstand the harsh winter. The slope of the roof is set to about 45 until 60 degrees so that the snow doesn’t accumulate more than necessary and the removing snow’s work can be reduced.

Not only beautiful houses and scenery but also the appearance of protecting village itself and villager’s life had been highly evaluated made it was selected as an important traditional house preservation district in 1976 and registered as one of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995 along with Gokayama (Toyama Prefecture) as the gassho-zukuri village. In recent years, the number of tourists from overseas has increased and the transportation network and infrastructure have been improved.

Address Ogimachi, Shirakawamura, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture 501-5627
Tel 05769-6-1013(Shirakawa-go Tourism Association)
Access ・50 minutes by bus from Takayama Station (next to JR Takayama Station, about 50 minutes from Takayama Nohi Bus Centre to Shirakawa-go). 5 minutes walk from Seseragi Park parking lot
・5 minutes by car from Shirakawa-go IC (about 5 minutes from Shirakawa-go IC on Tokai Hokuriku Highway via route 156)
・40 minutes by car from Shokawa IC (about 40 minutes from Tokai Hokuriku Highway Shokawa IC via route 156)

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