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A place to become
one with nature

A virgin beech forest in Japan’s Tohoku, northern region, that has remained untouched by man for 8,000 years. Shirakami Sanchi is a World Natural Heritage Site and a place where one can learn to communicate, play, and coexist with the nature.



Even without a voice, the forest has plenty to say. Learn how to watch, feel and listen to the trees talk with one another.

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Shirakami Sanchi is a collective term for a mountainous area that extends from southwestern Aomori Prefecture to northwestern Akita Prefecture and covers approximately 130,000 hectares.

Of this, 16,971 hectares is a natural native virgin beech forest. This part was registered in December 1993 as Japan's first World Natural Heritage Site along with Yakushima.

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Posted 27/07/2020

Kaneyu’s cafe is now open!

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in Noshiro city's historic, former restaurant Kaneyu. Kaneyu was a traditional, high-class restaurant during Noshiro city's heyday. Reflecting the quality and technic...

Posted 20/07/2020

Driving around Happo’s geopark sites

Spend a summer day exploring the rocky coastline of northern Akita. Happo town is famous for the geopark sites that dot its shores. These sites are areas that have been nationally recognized as h...

Posted 2/07/2020

Resort Shirakami will begin running 7/3!

After a two month closure due to COVID-19, the scenic train line Resort Shirakami will resume operations between Akita and Aomori prefectures on a limited schedule. Enjoy the picturesque coastline of...

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