Cultural Properties

Throughout our long history until the present day, cultural properties have been created, fostered, and passed down. They are invaluable assets for the people of Japan. Under the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, the national government thus designates, selects, and registers the most important cultural properties as National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, Historic Sites, Places of Scenic Beauty, or Natural Monuments and imposes restrictions on exports and activities that alter their existing state. Moreover, the national government takes various measures to protect cultural properties by providing subsidies for preservation, repairing, building disaster-proof facilities, or public ownership of historic sites. The government also takes action to utilize cultural properties, by subsidizing the development of facilities for the display of cultural properties, and increasing opportunities for the public to enjoy cultural properties at exhibitions and other events.
Among the cultural heritage sites that represent Japan, outstanding ones with universal value are recommended to UNESCO for registration on the World Heritage list.


Relevant Laws and Schemes

List of Measures and Projects

  • Overview of Measures

    Learn about (1) the measures and budget of the Agency of Cultural Affairs, (2) the measures and budget of local government, and (3) taxation regarding protection of cultural properties.

  • Awareness Raising on Protection of Cultural Properties

    Learn about awareness-raising and protection of cultural properties, fire safety, disaster safety, security, and earthquake-resistant cultural properties.

  • International Exchange / Cooperation of Cultural Properties

    Learn about international exchange / cooperation of cultural properties, prohibition of illegal trade of cultural properties, and Kobijutsuhin yushutsu kansa shomei (export certificate for antiques).



Cultural Properties Department, Agency for Cultural Affairs