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
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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.
UPDATE: Winter events 2020
Like many other places in Japan, this year's winter in the Akita Shirakami area has been mild with very little snow. Unfortunately, this may affect scheduled winter events in the area. We're cross...
LAUNCHED: A multilingual site for information on the Shirakami area
Now visitors can plan their trip to the Shirakami area through this informational site in both English and Mandarin. Shirakami Sanchi. An 8,000-year-old forest and mountain range, that was class...