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World Heritage / Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Criteria: (ii) (iii) (iv) (vi) | Date of Inscription: 1998 | Location: Nara Prefecture | Justification for Inscription

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Kasugayama Primeval Forest

Kasugayama Primeval Forest
Kasugayama Primeval Forest
Kasugayama Primeval Forest contains 175 kinds of tree including quercus gilva, podocarpus nagi, pieris japonica, Japanese evergreen oaks, cedar, and wild cherry trees. A further 598 types of plant and animal life (such as deer, boars and raccoon dogs), 60 bird types and 180 species of insect (the Panchala ganesa loomisi butterfly but one): coexist in the forest making it a place one can become truly at one with nature.
In Kasugayama, the area adjacent to Kasuga Taisha Shrine, hunting and logging have been prohibited since 841AD and as Kasugayama has long been tied to Kasuga Taisha Shrine worship it is regarded as a sacred hill. At the same time its natural resources have been strictly monitored and Kasugayama was designated a Japanese natural monument in 1924. In 1955, it was further designated as a special natural monument. To this end Kasugayama Primeval Forest has been preserved so well that it retains much of the primeval look of Japan's days of old and the combined views of Kasuga Taisha Shrine buildings with the forest as a backdrop has created scenery unchanged since the Nara period.
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