Shiretoko (2005)
Japan

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Shiretoko Peninsula is located in the northeast of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The site includes the land from the central part of the Peninsula to its tip (Shiretoko Cape) and the surrounding marine area. 

Japan 1965. Mount Iwo (Hokkaido).

Japan 1965. Mount Rausu (Hokkaido). . It provides an outstanding example of the interaction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems as well as extraordinary ecosystem productivity largely influenced by the formation of seasonal sea ice at the lowest latitude in the northern hemisphere. 
  • Japan 1965. Mount Iwo (Hokkaido). 
  • Japan 1965. Mount Rausu (Hokkaido). .

It has particular importance for a number of marine and terrestrial species, some of them endangered and endemic, such as the Blackistonís Fish owl and the Viola kitamiana plant. 

The site is globally important for threatened sea birds and migratory birds, a number of salmonid species, and for a number of marine mammals, including the Stellerís sea lion, and some cetacean species. 

  • Japan 1983. Blackiston's Fish Owl [Ketupa Blakistoni]. 

Japan 1983. Blackiston's Fish Owl [Ketupa Blakistoni].

In its justification for inscription, the UNESCO states that Shiretoko provides an outstanding example of the interaction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems as well as extraordinary ecosystem productivity, largely influenced by the formation of seasonal sea ice at the lowest latitude in the northern hemisphere.

Other World Heritage Sites in Japan (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Japan for further information about the individual properties. 

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