To promote cooperation system among nations to protect the cultural and natural heritage against the threat such as damage or destruction, from the viewpoint that it’s important to protect and conserve them as the global heritage for the whole humanity.
|1972||Adopted by the 17th UNESCO General Assembly.|
|1975||Convention came into effect.|
|1992||Japanese diet approved the conclusion of the convention and become effective.|
|2011||Number of the State Parties is188 as of October.|
1.Each State Party submits the “Tentative List” which provides the name of properties the State Party intends to consider for nomination.
2.Each State Party nominates the properties from the “Tentative List” which are ready for inscription. UNESCO World Heritage Committee then decides whether they are inscribed or not.
Total 936 as of June 29, 2011 (Cultural Sites:725 Natural Sites:183 Mixed Sites:28)
|Name of the Property||Location||Registered|
on the Tentative List
|1||Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area||Nara||1992||Dec.1993||Cultural|
|5||Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)||Kyoto, Shiga||1992||Dec.1994||Cultural|
|6||Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama||Gifu, Toyama||1992||Dec.1995||Cultural|
|7||Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)||Hiroshima||1995||Dec.1996||Cultural|
|8||Itsukushima Shinto Shrine||Hiroshima||1992||Dec.1996||Cultural|
|9||Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara||Nara||1992||Dec.1998||Cultural|
|10||Shrines and Temples of Nikko||Tochigi||1992||Dec.1999||Cultural|
|11||Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu||Okinawa||1992||Dec.2000||Cultural|
|12||Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range||Mie,Nara,|
|14||Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape||Shimane||2001||July 2007||Cultural|
|15||Ogasawara Island||Tokyo||2007||June 2011||Natural|
|16||Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land||Iwate||2001||June 2011||Cultural|
1. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (Kanagawa)
2. Hikone-jo (castle) (Shiga)
3. Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage (Gunma)
4. Fujisan (Shizuoka, Yamanashi)
5. Asuka Fujiwara:Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (Nara)
6. Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki (Nagasaki)
7. Main Building of the National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo)
8. Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, Northern Tohoku, and other regions
(Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate,Akita)
9. The Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyûshû and Yamaguchi
(Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Yamaguchi)
10. Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region (Fukuoka)
11. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (Niigata)
12. Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (Osaka)
Submit the "Tentative List" to the World Heritage Committee, which includes the name of properties that they intend to nominate.
Preparation work for the nomination (Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, and identification of the property).
Decided the property ready for nomination sequentially from the Tentative List
Submit a draft nomination to UNESCO World Heritage Committee for comment and review (optional).
[Submission due date : September 30th every year]
(Examination of the nomination format by UNESCO World Heritage Centre)
Submit the Nomination Dossier (Final) to UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
[Submission due date: February 1st. every year]
ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), an international NGO that is an advisory body to the World Heritage Committee, carries out the evaluation of World Cultural Heritage nominations.
[It takes around 1.5 years including on-site evaluation missions]
ICOMOS makes the recommendation to the World Heritage Committee, based on their evaluation result.
[Usually in May]
The World Heritage Committee decides whether each nominated property should be inscribed on the World Heritage List or not.
[June or July in the following year of the nomination]