Japan's Mount Fuji likely to be listed as UNESCO's World Heritage site

Last Updated: Thu, May 02, 2013 05:20 hrs

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is likely to categorize the iconic Japanese volcano of Mount Fuji as a World Heritage site.

According to Japan's cultural agency, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is expected to officially proclaim the snow-topped near-symetrical volcano as appropriate for registration under the World Heritage sites, the BBC reports.

The agency has said that the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which is known for evaluating cultural properties nominated to the World Heritage List and submitting a recommendation to UNESCO, has approved Mt Fuji as appropriate for registration.

The report further said that the 12,460 ft high Mt. Fuji is recorded to be Japan's highest mountain and is a symbol of Japanese art, spiritual worship and geographical orientation.

Mount Fuji will surmount an already long list of Japan's World-Heritage listed sites with 12 other cultural and four natural sites of Japan, including Buddhism-linked gardens and temples of Hiraizumi, the report added. (ANI)

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