An on-site inspection of Japan’s Kamakura was finished

Members of an advisory body to UNESCO visited Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Tuesday to examine whether the ancient city should be added to the list of World Heritage cultural sites. During their on-site inspections, which will last through Thursday, the experts from the International Council on Monuments and Sites are to visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Enkakuji Temple, the Great Buddha of Kamakura and other cultural assets to assess their value. Based on their findings, the World Heritage Committee will make a final decision on the listing next June. The government formally asked UNESCO in January to register Kamakura and Mount Fuji as World Heritage cultural sites. An on-site inspection of Mount Fuji was conducted this summer.

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An inspection of KamakuraKamakura is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, about 50 kilometres south-south-west of Tokyo. Although Kamakura proper is today rather small, it is often described in history books as a former de facto capital of Japan as the seat of the Shogunate and of the Regency during the Kamakura Period. Kamakura was designated as a city on November 3, 1939. As of June 1, 2012, the modern city has an estimated population of 174,412 and a population density of 4,400 inhabitants per square kilometre. The total area is 39.60 square kilometres. Kamakura has a beach which, in combination with its temples and proximity to Tokyo, makes it a popular tourist destination.

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