The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency of the United Nations that aims to promote the preservation and growth of the world's intellectual and cultural property. UNESCO is probably best known for designating World Heritage Sites, cultural and natural sites that show "outstanding universal value". There are currently 25 world heritage sites in Japan, 20 cultural ones and 5 natural ones.

World Cultural Heritage Sites


Added in 2013
Japan's most iconic volcano and highest mountain, Mount Fuji, has been worshiped as a sacred mountain for centuries and had an immeasurable impact on Japanese culture, while it is recognized as a symbol of Japan across the world.

National Museum of Western Art

Added in 2016
The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo's Ueno Park is Japan's only building designed by Le Corbusier. Alongside several other works by the pioneering architect in Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India and Switzerland, the museum building is part of "The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement".

Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan

Added in 2021
A collection of sites in northern Japan related to the prehistoric Jomon Period which began around the end of the last ice age about 15,000 years ago and lasted until the year 300 before the rice culture imported from the Asian mainland fully took roots on the Japanese archipelago.

World Natural Heritage Sites