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World Heritage / Shirakami-Sanchi

Criteria: (ix) | Date of Inscription: 1993 | Location: Aomori and Akita Prefectures | Justification for Inscription

UNESCO

Things to see

Anmongawa River
Anmongawa River
Anmonn no taki
Anmonn no taki
Flora
*Aomori-mantema (Silene aomorensis)
Belonging to the caryophyllaceous family this plant was first found in Aomori Prefecture.

*Tsugaru-misebaya (Hylotelephium tsugaruense)
This plant belongs to the crassulaceous family and was also first found in Aomori Prefecture.

*Ezohanashinobu (Polemonium caeruleum ssp. yezoense)
A plant that grows best at and around the 1200m altitude this plant resembles fields of grass moving under the force of the wind.
Fauna
A Japanese serow is a type of large grazing mammal native to the archipelago.
Another native to Japan animal is a kind of dormouse found nowhere else in the world.
Other animals such as the nihonzaru (Japanese macaque) and black bears also live in the area.
Birds
*The kumagera (black woodpecker) is the largest woodpecker in Japan.

*The inuwashi (golden eagle) is a large eagle with a 2m wingspan and a total of 87 bird species, including hawk eagles and harlequin ducks have currently been identified as living in the area.
Matagi (Species Specific Hunters)
People living in this mountainous area have long lived at one with nature and take its fruits to survive. To this end the hunters who specialize in capturing bears carry the title of "matagi" and live in huts near the best bear hunting sites. Considering the mountains are relatively steep and without forest roads and mountain trails that reach the summit, climbing can be difficult even for an experienced alpinist. Perhaps this geography in part led to the belief that it is only the matagi that can walk around the range without difficulty.
Anmonn no taki
Anmonn no taki is a waterfall located near Nishimeyamura village in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture.
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