Shirakami-Sanchi, a beech forest similar to the flora seen around the Arctic Circle around 50 million years ago, was the first UNESCO natural heritage listing in Japan (in 1993, at the same time as Yakushima). The region is home to the endangered golden eagle and black woodpecker.

The ecosystem of Shirakami-Sanchi has been affected by human livelihoods. In this region, forests bless the community with firewood, charcoal, craft materials, wild vegetables and hunting opportunities. The water filtered by the trees and soil flows into streams and rivers, sustaining fish and crops.

When you visit this virgin forest, watch your step. Minimize your footprint by sticking to paths and trails, avoiding stepping on plants or animals that make up this ecosystem.

Furthermore, if you want to enjoy the spirit of the Shirakami-Sanchi, we recommend a guided tour, where you walk through the mountains while listening to the story of the "Matagi", who once lived in harmony with the mountains through traditional hunting.The way they live offers us all clues about how humanity as a whole can co-exist with nature.