UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

Japan is home to 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of those, there are 19 cultural sites, 4 natural sites and 0 mixed sites. Japan shares 1 of those sites with other countries.


The World Heritage Sites in Japan are:

  • Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

  • Himeji-jo

    Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture. Photo credit: SeanPavonePhoto/Bigstock
  • Shirakami-Sanchi

    Yakushima

  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

  • Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

  • Shrines and Temples of Nikko

  • Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

  • Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

  • Shiretoko

    A group of Killer Whales swimming in the sea of Okhotsk near the Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan
    A group of Killer Whales swimming in the sea of Okhotsk near the Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan. Photo credit: Niels Vos/Bigstock
  • Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape

  • Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land

  • Ogasawara Islands

  • Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

    Mt. Fuji at sunrise
    Mt. Fuji at sunrise. Photo credit: Kanenori/Pixaby
  • Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites

  • Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement*

  • Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

  • Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

  • Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan

  • Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island

  • Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan

Find it on the map

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Google Map
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Google Map

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