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Natural Wonders of Shirakami-Sanchi: A UNESCO World Heritage site with its untouched forests and wildlife
Shirakami-Sanchi: A Natural Treasure
Shirakami-Sanchi, located in the northern part of Honshu, Japan, is a mountainous region spanning across Aomori and Akita Prefectures. It is one of the most pristine forests in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993. The site covers an area of 130,000 hectares and is home to a vast array of wildlife, including black bears, Japanese serows, and Japanese macaques.
The Forest that Escaped the Axe
The forests of Shirakami-Sanchi are ancient and untouched. The area has the largest remaining beech forest in East Asia, dating back over a thousand years. The beech trees grow up to 50 meters high, forming a thick canopy that shades the forest floor. The forest is known as one of the Snow Country beech forests, which is where a unique pattern of snow accumulation creates an even greater biodiversity within the region.
Visitors to Shirakami-Sanchi can explore the forests by hiking one of the many trails in the area. The most popular trail is the Anmon Falls Trail, a 3.5-kilometer walk that takes hikers through a beautiful forest of beech trees and along the Anmon River, leading to a series of waterfalls. Another popular destination is the Juniko Lakes, a cluster of 12 scenic mountain lakes that are a popular spot for camping, fishing, and boating. Shimokita Peninsula, which is located near Shirakami-Sanchi, is also known for its natural beauty and hot springs.Shirakami-Sanchi is a natural wonder that provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience an ancient and untouched forest. It is a place of exceptional natural beauty that inspires awe and wonder in those who explore its depths.