National Parks of Japan Protecting our natural heritage for future generations

National Park Systems: [1]Definition of National Parks

National Parks are prominent natural landscapes (including seascapes) that are sufficiently representative of the landscapes of Japan and that have been designated pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the Natural Parks Law by the Minister of the Environment.
National Parks come within the scope of the Natural Park system. Natural parks consist of National Parks as well as Quasi-National Parks and Prefectural Natural Parks.

Differences among National, Quasi -National, and Prefectural Natural Parks

National Parks

Designating party Minister of the Environment
Requirements for designation Must constitute a landscape that is representative of Japan relative to the places with the same type of landscape as well as constitute a prominent natural landscape that can be introduced to the world with pride.
Governing law Natural Parks Law
Party responsible for administrative management Ministry of the Environment

Quasi-National Parks

Designating party Minister of the Environmen
Requirements for designation Must constitute a prominent major natural landscape comparable to the landscape found in Natural Parks.
Governing law Natural Parks Law
Party responsible for administrative management Prefectural governments

Prefectural Natural Parks

Designating party Prefectural governors
Requirements for designation Must constitute a prominent natural landscape that is representative of landscapes at a prefectural level.
Governing law Prefectural ordinances
Party responsible for administrative management Prefectural governments

[2] Park plans

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