World Heritage Site, Shirakami Sanchi

世界遺産 白神山地

Shirakami Sanchi is a general term used to refer to the massive 130,000ha (501 square miles) mountainous land extended over Aomori and Akita prefecture. In December 1993, it became the first Japanese World Heritage Site along Yakushima in Kagoshima prefecture. There are only four natural heritage sites in Japan: Shirakami Sanchi of Aomori and Akita; Yakushima of Kagoshima; Shiretoko of Hokkaido; and Ogasawara Islands of Tokyo.
Shirakami Sanchi has been sheltered from human influence, maintaining its original shape with massive primeval beech trees. The forests of Shirakami Sanchi are home to precious rare animals and plants such as black woodpeckers and golden eagles. 


Enjoying the Nature of Grand Shirakami Sanchi

In the towns of Fukaura or Ajigasawa, and the village of Nishimeya there are a few of the entrances to the forests of Shirakami Sanchi in Aomori. Visitors can climb mountains, trek through the beech forest, or meet locals around Shirakami Sanchi. This type of green tourism where visitors meet with nature and people is gaining popularity.
Some popular locations for visiting the Shirakami Sanchi are the Anmon Waterfall in Nishimeya-mura, the mother tree of Tsugaru Toge (Tsugaru pass), the Kurokuma Waterfall in Ajigasawa, and Lake Juniko in Fukaura. 


Shirakami Sanchi Visitor Center

Visitors can learn about the natural environment of Shirakami Sanchi and its relation with people.


Address61-1 Kanda Tashiro Nishimeya-mura Nakatsugaru-gun Aomori-ken 036-1411
Contact0172-85-2810
Dates ClosedApril through December – Every second Monday (the following day when it falls on a holiday)
December 29th to January 3rd
Admission FeeFree(There is a charge for viewing large screen films)
URL(Japanese)https://www.shirakami-visitor.jp/index.html


AquaGreenVillage ANMON

This facility has a general information center, onsen (hot spring), cottages, camp sites, and large play areas.

Address417 Okawazoe Kawaratai Nishimeya Aomori-ken 036-1424
Contact0172-85-3021
Business Hours9:00~17:00
Dates ClosedClosed from mid-January to April
Admission FeeFree(There is a fee for onsen, restaurants, and lodging)
URL(Japanese)http://www.kumagera.net/facillties/anmon.html



General Information

Address
青森県西目屋村 鰺ヶ沢町 深浦町
Contact
Shirakami Sanchi World Heritage Site Center
Telephone Number
0172-85-2622
Directions
JR Hirosaki Station
Konan Bus Shirakami Line 2 hours 10 minute ride(¥1,850)
Shirakami Sanchi Kuchi Tsugaru Toge
Website
Shirakami Sanchi World Heritage Site CenterSee trip advisor

Basic Information

  • Multilingual
    Staff
  • Multilingual
    Signs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Contactless
    Payments
  • Tax Free
  • Parking Lot
  • Barrier-Free
    Toilet
  • Barrier-Free

COVID-19 Prevention

  • Face Masks
    Required
  • Sanitizing
    Stations
  • Temperature
    Checks
  • Physical
    Distancing

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This attraction on sample itineraries

Tsugaru Westcoast 2-Day Trip
Tsugaru Westcoast 2-Day Trip
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Spring 1night 2days route
Spring 1night 2days route
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Aomori-Hirosaki-World Natural Heritage Site 3-Day Tour
Aomori-Hirosaki-World Natural Heritage Site 3-Day Tour
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Nearby sightseeing spots

Anmon-no-Taki Waterfall
Anmon-no-Taki Waterfall
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Aqua Green Village ANMON
Aqua Green Village ANMON
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SHIRAKAMI ROASTING LABO
SHIRAKAMI ROASTING LABO
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Dake Onsen
Dake Onsen
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Notice


As of August 9, 2022, intense rain has been falling intermittently in Aomori Prefecture, and the risk of landslides, flooding, and flood damage is rapidly increasing, so please exercise extreme caution. In addition, warnings and advisories have been issued in many cities, towns, and villages. For more information, please refer to the "Aomori Disaster Prevention Portal".

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