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The Goshono Site and the World Heritage

The Goshono Site and the World Heritage

Goshono is a component site of the “Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, Northern Tohoku, and other regions,” a property nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage.

About the World Heritage

The properties inscribed to the World Heritage List represent the shared natural and cultural heritage of all mankind. These properties are distinguished by their outstanding universal value (OUV), and their inclusion in the World Heritage is a commitment to preserve that universal value for future generations. The World Heritage is divided into three categories.

  • Cultural Heritage: Monuments, groups of buildings, sites, cultural landscapes, and other human works
  • Natural Heritage: Natural features, geological and physiographical formations, habitats and/or ecosystems, and areas of natural beauty
  • Mixed Heritage: Site with properties of both natural and cultural heritage

Representative Sites

文化遺産(サマルカンド) 自然遺産(イグアスの滝) 複合遺産(マチュピチュ)
Samarkand (Cultural) Iguazu National Park (Natural) Machu Picchu (Mixed)


The World Heritage List

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selects nominated sites for the World Heritage List. As of April 2013,745 cultural, 188 natural, and 29 mixed sites have been inscribed to the World Heritage, 16 from Japan. These 962 heritage sites span 157 countries. 代表的な日本の世界遺産(首里城)

※Shuri-jo Castle, Japan (Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu)

Japan’s World Heritage

Name Location Nomination Inscription


1 Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area Nara 1992 December 1993 Cultural
2 Himeji Castle Hyogo 1992 December 1993 Cultural
3 Yakushima Kagoshima 1992 December 1993 Natural
4 Shirakami-Sanchi Aomori-Akita 1992 December 1993 Natural
5 Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto Kyoto-Shiga 1992 December 1994 Cultural
6 Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Gifu-Toyama 1992 December 1995 Cultural
7 Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) Hiroshima 1995 December 1996 Cultural
8 Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Hiroshima 1992 December 1996 Cultural
9 Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara Nara 1992 December 1998 Cultural
10 Shrines and Temples of Nikko Tochigi 1992 December 1999 Cultural
11 Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu Okinawa 1992 December 2000 Cultural
12 Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range Mie-Nara-Wakayama 2001 July 2004 Cultural
13 Shiretoko Hokkaido 2004 July 2005 Natural
14 Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape Shimane 2001 July 2007 Cultural
15 Ogasawara Islands Tokyo 2007 July 2011 Natural
16 Hiraizumi—Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land Iwate 2001 July 2011 Cultural

World Heritage Convention

The “Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage” (“World Heritage Convention”) was adopted in 1972. Japan became a signatory in 1992, and is now one of 190 states parties to the Convention. The World Heritage Committee, which consists of 21 elected member states, establishes the sites to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

World Heritage List Inscription

Countries (states parties) prepare a Tentative List of properties prior to submitting nomination proposals to the World Heritage Committee. If, based on the recommendations of its advisory bodies, the Committee determines that the nomination meets at least one of the necessary criteria, then the property proposed is inscribed on the World Heritage List at the Committee’s annual meeting. The “Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, Northern Tohoku, and other regions” is one of thirteen cultural and one natural properties on Japan’s Tentative List.

World Heritage List Inscription Efforts

The movement to inscribe Jomon archaeological sites to the World Heritage began in 2008 with the nomination of the “Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, Northern Tohoku, and other regions” by Aomori, Akita, Iwate, and Hokkaido to the Agency for Cultural Affairs. From a total of 32 nominations, this property was selected by the Agency for Japan’s Tentative List. The four prefectures and twelve municipalities in which the sites are located established a Promotion Headquarters and a secretariat under the auspices of the Board of Education in the Aomori Prefectural Office.

At present, a World Heritage promotion committee made up of officials from the prefectures and municipalities is working in tandem with a specialists’ committee of academics to promote the Jomon Archaeological Sites’ inscription. In December 2012, based on the specialists’ committee’s recommendations, the Kiusu Shuteibo (Chitose, Hokkaido), Kakinoshima (Hakodate, Hokkaido), and Omori Katsuyama (Hirosaki, Aomori) Sites were added, for a total of 18.

Towards World Heritage Inscription

The Sites of the “Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, Northern Tohoku, and other regions”

Aomori, Akita, Iwate, and Hokkaido are promoting a group of important Jomon-era archaeological sites for World Heritage inscription. Initially, fifteen sites were selected: Kita Kogane, Irie-Takasago Midden, Washinoki Site, and Ofune Site (Hokkaido); Odai Yamamoto Site, Kamegaoka Stone Age Site, Tagoyano Midden, Sannai Maruyama Site, Komakino Site, Mitsumori Midden, Korekawa Stone Age Site, and Choshichiyachi Midden (Aomori); Oyu Stone Circle and Isedotai Site (Akita); and Goshono Site (Iwate). Later, the Kiusu Shuteibo and Kakinoshima (Hokkaido), and Omori Katsuyama (Aomori) Sites were added, for a total of 18.


No. Name Location Era Description
1 Kiusu Shuteibo Chitose, Hokkaido Late Jomon Communal cemetery with circular embankment
2 Irie-Takasago Midden Toyako, Hokkaido Early-Late Jomon Midden including numerous human bones
3 Kita Kogane Midden Date, Hokkaido Early Jomon Large midden overlooking Uchiura Bay (“Volcano Bay”)
4 Washinoki Site Mori, Hokkaido Late Jomon Cemetery and stone circle with a view of Mt. Komagatake
5 Ofune Site Hakodate, Hokkaido Middle Jomon Large settlement with large pit dwelling remains
6 Kakinoshima Site Hakodate, Hokkaido Early-Late Jomon Site of one of Japan’s largest Jomon-era artificial circular embankments
7 Odai Yamamoto Site Sotogahama, Aomori Incipient Jomon Site from the Paleolithic-Jomon transition period
8 Tagoyano Midden Tsugaru, Aomori Early-Middle Jomon Midden and site of shell ring production facility
9 Kamegaoka Stone Age Site Tsugaru, Aomori Final Jomon Site famous for its “goggled” dogu (clay figurine)
10 Sannai Maruyama Site Aomori, Aomori Early-Middle Jomon Large settlement spanning 1500 years
11 Mitsumori Midden Shichinohe, Aomori Early-Middle Jomon Settlement site with large midden
12 Komakino Site Aomori, Aomori Late Jomon Large, unique stone circle
13 Omori Katsuyama Site Hirosaki, Aomori Final Jomon Cemetery and stone circle with a view of Mt. Iwaki
14 Choshichiyachi Midden Hachinohe, Aomori Early Jomon Midden reflecting Early Jomon fishing and labor practices
15 Korekawa Stone Age Site Hachinohe, Aomori Early-Final Jomon Lowland wetland site yielding copious quantities of lacquer, etc.
16 Oyu Stone Circle Kazuno, Akita Late Jomon Actually two large stone circles
17 Isedotai Site Kita-Akita, Akita Late Jomon Four large stone circles
18 Goshono Site Ichinohe, Iwate Middle Jomon

Goshono Site World Heritage Inscription Promotion Council

The Council, which is composed of Ichinohe residents, businesses, and administrative and government representatives, is working to promote the inscription of the “Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, Northern Tohoku, and other regions,” and Goshono Site in particular.

Please join us in our efforts to make World Heritage inscription a reality!


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