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Kamuiwakka Falls in Shiretoko National Park
Kamuiwakka Falls in Shiretoko National Park
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Shiretoko is a peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido that has been recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites of Japan. The heritage site encompasses the entire area from the central part of the peninsula to Shiretoko Cape at the tip. The area is celebrated for its outstanding marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Shiretoko Peninsula is one of the most remote parts of Japan. It has one of the largest populations of brown bears in Japan. The national park also has a hot springs waterfall, known as Kamuiwakka Falls, or "water of the gods" in Ainu.

Shiretoko was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee which was held in Durban, South Africa, on 10 - 17 July, 2005.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 43 56 57.984 E 144 57 56.988
Inscription Year: 2005
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: IX, X

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