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Kasuga-yama primeval forest, Nara prefecture, Japan photo
Kasuga-yama primeval forest, Nara prefecture

The entire western slope of Mt. Kasuga that connects to Mt. Wakakusa to the north in the Mikasa mountain range, has been strictly protected as the Kasuga Shrine meadows since cutting was prohibited in 841.

Untouched by logging, the forest regained its primeval state, and in 1955 was made a Special Natural Monument by the Japanese government.

Eight temples, shrines and ruins in Nara, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, collectively form "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SOURCE: Courtesy of Japan National Tourism Organization, used with permission.



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