Japan's Kobushi Region Listed as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Kobushi mountain region straddling Saitama Prefecture and three neighboring prefectures will be listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area, the education ministry announced Wednesday.
The Kobushi region covers over 12 municipalities in Tokyo and Saitama, Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures.
The region's main feature, the Okuchichibu mountain range, with some mountains over 2,000 meters, includes Mount Kobushi and Mount Kinpu.
The mountain range is the source of large rivers such as the Arakawa and Tama. Areas near the rivers are included in the 190,603-hectare region.
Conservation areas include ecosystems for rare animals, such as butterflies. Cultural assets, such as those linked to mountain worship and Shintoism, are also protected.
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