Shiretoko, in the North-Easten part of Hokkaido, was the place where the "Ainu", the aboriginal Japanese, lived and engaged in fishing salmon and herring. The name "Shiretoko" was derived from an Ainu word, "Siretok", which means the ned of the land. Shiretoko has a unique ecosystem where the sea and forests are connected.
17. Ogasawara Islands - Galapagos of he East:
The Ogasawara Islands are located approximately 1,000km south from Tokyo Bay. The islands has nver been connected with any continents, the fauna and flora brought into the islands by oceanic currents, wind and birds have evolved in their unique way and the processs of evolution can be observed on the spot. The islands are called "Galapagos" of the East.
18. Tomioka Silk Mill:
Tomioka Silk Mill is the latest addition to Japan’s World Heritage Sites list in 2014. Tomioka city is located in 100 km northwest away from Tokyo. In 1872 this silk mill was built by Japanese Government to use the modern machine reel-technology from France. Japan used to sell the raw silk to foreign countries for Japan, as one of the important export trades, thus, Tomioka Mill was highly expected as a moden facility in Japan at that time.