Shimokita Hanto Quasi-National Park
|Shimokita Hantō Quasi-National Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Established||July 22, 1968|
|Governing body||Aomori, prefectural governments 1|
Shimokita Hantō Quasi-National Park (下北半島国定公園 Shimokita-hantō Kokutei Kōen ) is a quasi-national park in the far northern Tohoku region of Honshū in Japan. It is rated a protected landscape (category V) according to the IUCN.2 The park, which covers most of Shimokita Peninsula, includes the volcanic peaks and caldera lakes of the Osorezan Mountain Range, the coastal rock formations of Hotoke-ga-ura, Cape Shiriyazaki (尻屋崎) and its sand dunes, Cape Ōma (大間崎), the northernmost point on Honshū, and surrounding forests. The park also encompasses a portion of the natural habitat of the Japanese macaque. The mountainous interior is forested with Siebold's beech and Nootka cypress, and coastal areas have stands of tilia and oak.3 The area was designated a quasi-national park on July 22, 1968.
Like all Quasi-National Parks in Japan, the park is managed by the local prefectural governments.1
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- "National Park systems: Definition of National Parks". National Parks of Japan. Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- "Shimokita Hanto". World Database on Protected Areas. United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Center. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "List of Quasi-national Parks". Official Home Page of the Ministry of the Environment. Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan. 1994-03-31. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "下北半島国定公園" [Shimokita Hantō Quasi-National Park] (in Japanese). Aomori Prefecture. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
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