ABOUT SHIRAKAMI SANCHI
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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THE KNOWLEDGE OF SHIRAKAMI SANCHI
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.
A look into Shirakami Sanchi through photos.View Gallery
Activities & GuidesView All
Kimono Experience at Kaneyu
Try on a traditional Japanese kimono and learn more about former restaurant Kaneyu.
Play with Akita Dogs!
One of the representative breeds of Japan, walk and play with an Akita Dog in its namesake region.
Canoe Tour in the Shirakami Area
Row along the Yoneshiro River and enjoy the landscape of Shirakami Sanchi from the water.
Tenku no Fuyajo – Package
Castle lanterns light up the sky during this spellbinding festival that dates back generations.
Here are the top places to see cherry blossoms in the Akita Shirakami area!
The cherry blossom forecast for Akita is out! Start your hanami plans here: Cherry blossoms are expected to bloom a little earlier this year, with forecasts suggesting April 5 through 11 being pri...
New pictures added to our photo gallery!
Our photo gallery has been updated with more pictures of the Shirakami area. Login or sign-up for free to get access to a variety of photos that capture the natural beauty and culture that exists in ...
Budget-friendly ways to travel Tohoku, Japan!
Traveling around Japan doesn't have to be expensive. See Japan's hidden countryside cheaply and conveniently with these deals. In the past, the Tohoku region of northern Japan was relatively unkn...