World Heritage in Japan Tours

You have seen or may have even visited some of the World Heritage Sites, that are popular among foreign tourists; like the Himeji-jo Castle in Hyogo prefecture, The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara and Kyoto, Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Genbaku Dome and Itsukushima Shinto Shrine in Hiroshima prefecture, and the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu in Okinawa. There are others that are least visited, and also some new properties being submitted to the UNESCO's list lately. As at today, there are a total of 14 properties in Japan inscribed on World Heritage List (11 cultural properties and 3 natural sites), with 9 properties still pending (among those are Fujisan or Mt.Fuji, Hikone-jo, Temples and Shrines of Ancient Kamakura).

The least visited properties are; Shiretoko in Hokkaido(2005), Shirakami-Sanchi in Akita and Aomori(1993), Yakushima in Kagoshima prefecture(1993), the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama(1995), Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in Shimane(2007) and Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range(2004).

If you are interested in visiting any of these World Heritage properties, this is one option you can look at. All courses lasting for 3 days include flight, transfers, 2 nights accommodation and full board. They are carefully planned, from the itinerary down to the selection of menu.

World Heritage in Japan

  • World Heritage Series (valid April3 till September29)
  • Courses: Shiretoko, Shirakawa-go, Shirakami-Sanchi, Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Hiroshima Genbaku Dome, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Yakushima.

  • Escorted plans only (departure guaranteed/non-daily),
    Minimum 2 person (twin sharing), price starts from 48,800yen/person,
  • Reservation can be made at the following;
• (Japanese only).
• JTB counters and its affiliated agents.

Iwami Ginzan

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in Shimane

The Iwami Ginzan (石見銀山) was a silver mine in the city Ōda, Shimane Prefecture, was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2007. It was one of the world's leading mines producing high-quality silver in the 16th Century, for over 400 years. The silver excavated from this mine was exported to Europe via East Asia, and played a vital role in the East-West trade. It is said that approximately one third of the silver that was in circulation worldwide in the 16th Century was produced in this mine in Iwami. The great significance of the ancient remains of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine lies in the fact that abundant traces of silver production from the mining sites to transportation routes have survived almost intact to this day.

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