Press Release
Agency for Cultural Affairs
June 22, 2013

At the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, it was decided on 22 June, 3:28PM local time (22 June, 5:28PM Japan time) that Japan’s nomination “Fujisan” will be inscribed on the World Heritage List including the “Mihonomatsubara” site. It was, furthermore, decided that the official name of the property will be “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”.
The official date of inscription on the WH List is scheduled for the final day of the 37th WHC session on 26 June.

1.“Fujisan” Basic Timeline

January 2007 Included on the World Heritage Tentative List of Japan
January 2012 Nomination file submitted to the World Heritage Center
August-Sept. 2012 On-site evaluation by ICOMOS expert
December 2012 Additional information requested by ICOMOS
February 2013 Additional information submitted to ICOMOS
April 2013 Recommendations by ICOMOS

2.Outline of deliberations by the World Heritage Committee

<Summary>

The WH Committee decided on “Fujisan’s” inscription including “Mihonomatsubara” based on the criteria (iii) and (vi). The official name of the property was decided as “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”.

<Main points of deliberations>

  • Although ICOMOS recommended that the “Mihonomatsubara” site be excluded, a majority of the Committee Members were generally in favor of its inclusion. As such, it was decided that “Fujisan” will be inscribed including “Mihonomatsubara”.
  • “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration” was proposed by the Secretariat for an official name of the property and Japan expressed its agreement. 
  • Most of the Committee Members were in agreement that Fujisan is an internationally recognized icon of Japan, and were rather astonished that it had not been inscribed on the WH list up until now.

photo of Mihonomatshubara

(Agency for Cultural Affairs, Cultural Properties Department, Monuments and Sites Division)