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World Heritage Site- Fujisan

Progress toward World Heritage Site registration


Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture jointly established the "Fujisan Charter" in 1998, and also carried out conservation and proper utilization of Fujisan for achieving its registration as a World Heritage Site. And in 2013, as a result of many people’s feel for Fujisan joining together, the registration to the World Cultural Heritage List was decided.

The road to registration that took 21 years from World Heritage Convention ratification

June 1992

"Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage" (World Heritage Convention) was ratified in the Diet.

Dec. 1992

“Liaison association to achieve world heritage status for Fujisan” by nature protection groups of Yamanashi & Shizuoka pref. started.

Mar. 1994

One-million people’s signature-collecting campaign started by Liaison association to achieve world heritage status for Fujisan”

Nov. 1994

”Association for study about Fujisan” started by culture & nature protection groups of Yamanashi & Shizuoka pref. started.

Dec. 1994

“Petition concerning Fujisan’s world Heritage Registration” was adopted at both houses of Diet.

Nov. 1995

Joint Council for Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park area environmental conservation measures was established by former former Environment Agency and Yamanashi & Shizuoka pref., etc.

Nov. 1998

Yamanashi & Shizuoka pref. enacted “Fujisan Charter”.

Apr. 2001

City office of Yoshida, Yamanashi pref. established “Fujisan Section” to enhance measures for Fujisan.

Mar. 2003

Including Fujisan, 17 (became 19 as 2 more added in Apr.) candidate areas were proposed for World Natural Heritage candidate sites.

May 2003

Government advisory committee selected final candidate site. Fujisan was removed from the list of World Natural Heritage candidates.

Mar. 2005

Aiming for World Cultural Heritage registration, people of Japanese business world started an “incorporators’ meeting” for establishing “Citizens' Conference to achieve world heritage status for Fujisan”.

Oct. 2005

In Yamanashi prefectural office, “Office for promoting Fujisan’s World Cultural Heritage Registration” started.

Dec. 2005

Yamanashi-Shizuoka Joint conference for promoting Fujisan’s World Cultural Heritage registration started.

May 2006

Academic Affairs Committees of Yamanashi & Shizuoka pref., and other bodies, started considering the draft for Tentative List in which Heritage site’s overview was to be explained.

Nov. 2006

“Draft for Tentative List” was wrapped up and submitted to Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Jan. 2007

Agency of Cultural Affairs selected Fujisan as an additional World Cultural Heritage site to be included in the Japanese World Cultural Heritage Tentative List.

Jan. 2007

Japanese government submitted the draft to UNESCO.

June 2007

The Draft for Tentative List was reported at 31st session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

July 2011

Yamanashi & Shizuoka pref. submitted the draft of registration recommendation to Agency for Cultural Affairs

Sept. 2011

Japanese government submitted the registration recommendation (tentative ver.) to UNESCO.

Jan. 2012

Japanese government submitted the registration recommendation (official ver.) to UNESCO.

Aug. - Sept. 2012

ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) carried out the field survey.

Dec. 2012

ICOMOS recommended Japanese government to change the title and leave out “Mihonomatsubara pine tree grove”.

Feb. 2013

Japanese government submitted a written response to ICOMOS, whereby the title was changed from “Fujisan” to “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”.

Apr. 2013

ICOMOS recommended the evaluation to World Heritage Committee.

June 2013

The registration was discussed at World Heritage Committee.

June 22, 2013

The World Cultural Heritage registration was decided at 37th session of World Heritage Committee.