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National Park Systems

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