Japan's World Heritage Sites

Sep 6, 2014

Japan's World Heritage Sites

by Daniel Robson

It was in September 2003 that I visited Kiyomizu-dera — exactly 11 years ago. I was in Japan for the first time, and during an excursion to meet an old friend in Osaka, she suggested driving us down the road to Kyoto to see ...

UNESCO award spurs Fuji tourist guide frenzy

Jun 25, 2013

UNESCO award spurs Fuji tourist guide frenzy

by Tomohiro Osaki

Now that Mount Fuji has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites, some tourism agencies are rushing to capitalize on the historic opportunity in the hopes that the decision will spur the mountain’s already robust popularity among foreign travelers. Hato Bus ...

Mount Fuji has long been an icon

Jun 23, 2013

Mount Fuji has long been an icon

by Ted Taylor

In the land of Yamato, It is our treasure, our tutelary god. It never tires our eyes to look up To the lofty peak of Mount Fuji —Manyoshu This weekend, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is expected to announce its approval of Japan’s Mount ...

May 22, 2013

Managing Mount Fuji's fame

Chances have increased that Mount Fuji will become a World Heritage site in June following an April 30 recommendation by a UNESCO panel. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) noted that the volcano is a national symbol of Japan and blends religious ...

Heritage status will mean big changes

May 2, 2013

Heritage status will mean big changes

by Eric Johnston

Local and prefectural governments and businesses surrounding Mount Fuji welcomed the news that the World Heritage Committee is expected to designate Japan’s most famous and popular mountain as a World Heritage site, despite concerns about what it will mean to the local environment and ...

Kamakura disappointed by snub

May 2, 2013

Kamakura disappointed by snub

Residents, officials and admirers of Kamakura expressed disappointment Wednesday at the decision by an UNESCO advisory panel not to put the ancient city on the World Heritage list. In turning down Japan’s request, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, or ICOMOS, cited scarce ...