Articles for the Japan Category


Iwami Ginzan

Centuries-old silver mine

Centuries-old silver mine

Last week, Google Japan took its popular Street View in a new direction: underground. The search giant commissioned a photography crew to explore a centuries-old mine and popular limestone cave in Japan. The result is a stunning 360-degree photo tour that gives people around the world the opportunity to visit sites they probably wouldn’t see […]

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Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

A glimpse into Gifu

A glimpse into Gifu

While most tourists to Japan travel along the Golden Route from Tokyo to Kyoto, tour companies are now slowly veering off the beaten path and exploring other destinations. This includes the increasingly popular Gifu prefecture, where many heritage attractions are located. One of the must-see attractions in the region is the quaint village of Shirakawago. […]

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Hiraizumi

Registration of Hiraizumi as World Heritage site should encourage disaster victims

Registration of Hiraizumi as World Heritage site should encourage disaster victims

HIRAIZUMI, Iwate — UNESCO’s decision to register Buddhist temples and the landscape in this ancient town as a World Heritage site is expected to give courage to victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Honshu. Toshikazu Yamada, head priest at Chusonji Temple in Hiraizumi, feels something auspicious in the decision made […]

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Ogasawara Island

Ogasawara island chain named as World Heritage site

Ogasawara island chain named as World Heritage site

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s Ogasawara island chain, a habitat for rare animals and plants in the western Pacific, was named Friday by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Japanese government officials said.   The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Committee authorized the registration of the group of about 30 islands, about 1,000 […]

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Yakushiji's national treasure pagoda open for 1st time in 1,300 years

Yakushiji’s national treasure pagoda open for 1st time in 1,300 years

NARA — The three-layer east pagoda of Yakushiji, a Buddhist temple listed as a World Heritage site in Japan’s ancient capital of Nara, was opened to the public Tuesday for the first time since it was built some 1,300 years ago. The national treasure pagoda in western Japan, often described as ‘‘frozen music’’ for its […]

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Alluring charms of Japan

Alluring charms of Japan

Japan is a fascinating mix of opposites — old and new, east and west. The most modern of countries, it retains its ancient traditions and the rich heritage of thousands of years. It is a country of high modern buildings and ancient castles; of energy, wealth and of serene Buddhist temples. Located on the eastern […]

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UNESCO villages in battle with modernity

UNESCO villages in battle with modernity

Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture and Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture, the historic villages dotted with “gassho-zukuri” thatched-roof houses where people still follow traditional lifestyles, are marking their 15th anniversary this month since making UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1995. The houses were built using a traditional construction method that binds wooden beams into steep but sturdy […]

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Japan Launches Century-Old Buddhist Temple In 3D Style

Japan Launches Century-Old Buddhist Temple In 3D Style

AHN News Staff Kyodo, Japan (AHN) – In an attempt to provide a 21st century appreciation of its artifacts, Japan has debuted a set of five iPads in a 1,000-year-old Buddhist temple in Byodoin that will display its historic sculptures in 3D. The project has been launched at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is […]

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Shirakami-Sanchi

JAPAN HERITAGE Shirakami mountains: Walk softly in a forest dark and deep

JAPAN HERITAGE Shirakami mountains: Walk softly in a forest dark and deep

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN The mountains of Shirakami at the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures are fertile ground for one of the nation’s great natural resources–vast forests of very elderly Japanese beech trees. Knarred and knuckeled, they stand covered with moss and creeping vines, watching as centuries pass away. Because of efforts of conservationists the […]

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Nikko

University, famous shrine team up to kick-start medical tourism to Japan

University, famous shrine team up to kick-start medical tourism to Japan

NIKKO, Tochigi — A top-class medical university and a shrine designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site are teaming up to establish an organization promoting “medical tourism” geared toward wealthy Chinese tourists and other foreign visitors. Dokkyo Medical University’s Nikko Medical Center — which along with Nikko Toshogu, a shrine dedicated to the founder of […]

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