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World Heritage in Japan
         
Links Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. A powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind as well as world peace.   Links Itsukushima shrine, a Shinto shrine near Hiroshima. The contrasts in color and form between mountains, sea, illustrates the Japanese concept of scenic beauty.
 
Links Gusuku, sites and related properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu in Okinawa. It gave rise to a unique culture.   Yakushima, an ancient forest island near Kagoshima. A remnant of a warm-temperate forest that is unique in this region. Rich in flora and species.
 
Links Himeji castle in Himeji, Hyogo. It is a masterpiece of wooden construction. A finest example of the Shogun period castle.   Links Shirakawago, historic villages in Gifu. Their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Outstanding examples of traditional life.
 
Links Nara city, Buddhist monuments of ancient in Nara. Some of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world.   Links Nikko city, shrines and temples in Nikko, Tochigi. A sacred site known for its architectural, decorative masterpieces with their natural surroundings.
 
Links Shiragamisanchi, between Akita and Aomori. The last virgin remains of the cool-temperate forest of Siebold's beech trees.   Links Kyoto city, historic monuments of ancient in Kyoto. Developed Japanese wooden architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens.
 

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