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The main reason it took so long for Mt. Fuji to be listed as World Heritage.

The main reason it took so long for Mt. Fuji to be listed as World Heritage.
The main reason it took so long for Mt. Fuji to be listed as World Heritage.

The World Heritage Site "Mount Fuji" that straddles the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi is Japan's largest sacred mountain . Its world-renowned beauty stems from its symmetry created through a long history of eruptions, and it was Japan's earnest wish to register Mount Fuji as a World Heritage Site.
Environmental management issues, including excessive garbage, kept Mt. Fuji off the list for many years; however, clean-up efforts and emphasizing the value of the mountain as cultural heritage lead to its listing.
In June 2013, 25 locations, including Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine and Lake Kawaguchi, as well as Miho no Matsubara pine tree grove, situated over 40km away from Mt Fuji, were designated as World Heritage.

Focus point for people’s beliefs and artistic inspiration.

Focus point for people’s beliefs and artistic inspiration. Focus point for people’s beliefs and artistic inspiration. Courtesy of Oshino Village Sightseeing Association

The official name for the World Heritage site is Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration.
In line with Mt. Fuji being called a sacred mountain, its magnificent presence has been worshipped from ancient times as a sacred place.
When the eruptions died down, it was possible to climb Mt. Fuji rather than worship it from afar, and pray at sunrise from the summit, leading to a rise in climbing for worship. This tradition still continues today.
Mt. Fuji has also been a source of inspiration for a number of art and literary works from ancient to modern, including Japan’s oldest collection of poems, the Man’yoshu, the classical literature of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and The Tales of Ise, the painter Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, and Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.
The image of Mt Fuji in ukiyo-e paintings has even had huge influence overseas, inspiring Monet and Van Gogh.
This aspect of cultural heritage was a major reason for Mt Fuji being listed as World Heritage.

Data

Site : Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration
Location : Yamanashi Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture
Date of Inscription : 2013
Criteria : (iii) (vi)
Property : 20,702 ha
Buffer zone : 49,628 ha

The official website of The World Heritage Centre
"Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration"
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1418

Location map

* Osano's residence is not open to the public, but you can see its replica at Fujisan Museum.
No. Heritage Assets
1 Mountaintop Worship Sites
2 Omiya-Murayama Ascending Route (present Fujinomiya Ascending Route)
3 Suyama Ascending Route (present Gotemba Ascending Route)
4 Subashiri Ascending Route
5 Yoshida Acending Route
6 Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine
7 Lake Saiko
8 Lake Shojiko
9 Lake Motosuko
10 Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
11 Yamamiya Sengen-jinja Shrine
12 Murayama Sengen-jinja Shrine
13 Suyama Sengen-jinja Shrine
14 Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine (Subashiri Sengen-jinja Shrine)
15 Kawaguchi Asama-jinja Shrine
16 Fuji Omuro Sengen-jinja Shrine
17 Oshi (Former-Togawa Family House)
18 Oshi (Former-Osano Family House)
19 Lake Yamanakako
20 Lake Kawaguchiko
21 Oshino Hakkai (Springs from Mt. Fuji)
  -Deguchiike Pond
  -Okamaike Pond
  -Sokonashiike Pond
  -Choshiike Pond
  -Wakuike Pond
  -Nigoriike Pond
  -Kagamiike Pond
  -Shobuike Pond
22 Funatsu lava tree molds
23 Yoshida lava tree molds
24 Hitoana Fuji-ko Iseki
25 Shiraito no Taki waterfalls
26 Miho no Matsubara pine tree grove
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