Decision : CONF 203 VIII.C.1
Inscription: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (Japan)
The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
The Committee decided to inscribe the site under criteria (iv) and (v) as the villages are outstanding examples of a traditional human settlement that is perfectly adapted to its environment. The Committee noted the successful adaptation to economic changes and that survival can only be assured through constant vigilance on both sides, the Government authorities and the inhabitants.