The Shirakami-Sanchi was one of the first sites entered
on the World Heritage List in Japan, along with Yakushima, Himeji Castle,
and Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area in 1993.
The Shirakami-Sanchi is usually said to contain large areas of forest
not covered by the World Heritage listing. However the level of preservation
in these areas is not as high as in the central listed area. The World
Heritage Site area has never been opened to human activity or trails other
than mountain climbers' paths, and is planned to be protected in this
state. Permission is needed from Forest Management to enter the heart
of the Shirakami-Sanchi. Fishing requires permission from both the Fishing
Cooperative and Forest Management. Access: 100 minutes from JR Akita station.