• Listed on Japan's Tentative List

  • Nomination dossier preparation

  • Japan decides on property
    to be nominated
    and submits nomination
    dossier to UNESCO
    (One per country per year)

  • Evaluation by ICOMOS
    (Takes approx. 1.5 years)

  • Review by the
    World Heritage Committee
    (Once yearly)

  • Inscription Decision

※1Nomination Dossier

The document by which State Party of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention nominates to UNESCO a property(ies) it considers suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List. The dossier details the property’s Outstanding Universal Value and the management plan. The nominated property(ies) must be already listed on each State Party’s Tentative List.

※2Japan Deciding On Nominated Property(ies)

The Council for Cultural Affairs of Japan selects a property as a nomination, and the Cabinet makes the government’s final decision.


ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites) is a non-governmental organization with headquarters in Charenton-le-Pont, France. Founded in 1965, its role is to promote the application of theory, methodology and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage.

※4The World Heritage Committee

This committee is organized based on the World Heritage Convention and consists of representatives from 21 countries that are States Parties of the World Heritage Convention. The committee examines nominated properties and decides whether to inscribe them.