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The largest remaining natural Beech forest in East Asia, the Shirakami-sanchi is situated in the heart of the Shirakami mountain range. This wilderness area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 and covers an are of 16,971 hectares (41936.254 Acres) The temperature and climate have created a unique bio-diverse region full of unique species of plant and animal life. The landscape is cut through by deep gorges and rushing rivers, lending it a dramatic beauty reflected in the many waterfalls and plush valleys. Summer is the best time to visit the region and plenty of activities like hiking, trekking and climbing are available to explore the natural wonders of the area. Mase Valley, Anmon Falls and Daira-kyo Gorge are some popular places to visit. Certain core areas require permission before they can be entered. Contact the tourism office at Aomori for details.
Established around 1087 by Fujiwara no Kiyohira, Hiraizumi lay at the center of the ill-fated Nothern Fujiwara dynasty's political, commercial and religious aspirations until 1189 when it was largely destroyed at the behest of Minamoto no Yoritomo. Inspired by the doctrines of Pure Land Buddhism and the native Japanese culture, a series of lavish temples and spectacular gardens were created as earthly embodiments of paradise and are a testament to the vast riches possessed by the dynasty during its heyday. Blending together temples gilded in gold and silver, tranquil ponds and lush gardens, the monuments of Hiraizumi once formed a picture of transcendent beauty and paradisical splendour. Although the city was once replete with these glorious monuments, many were ravaged by fires and the tragic loss of their benefactors. Today, the temples of Chūson-ji, Mōtsū-ji, Kanjizaiō-in Ato and Muryōkō-in Ato alongside Mount Kinkeisan have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.