Mounts Asama, Shirane and Tanigawa

Country/territory: Japan

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2004)
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Area: 103,000 ha

Wild Bird Society of Japan
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2015 low near favourable low
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Site description
Mt Asamayama and Mt Shiranesan: These are some of the foremost active volcanos in Japan. It constantly gives off volcanic smoke and is covered with lava around the mountaintop. Its foothill has a rich forest where we can see many kinds of plants and animals. Mt Tanigawadake: the Tanigawarenpo mountains located on the border of Gunma Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture is a mountain massif whose altitude is approximately 2,000 m, with large valleys and steep rock walls. It has Fagus crenata forest with a kind of Sasa kurilensis on the forest floor, which forms unique vegetation shifting to alpine one. It also has serpentine rock zones where we can see unique alpine flora.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mounts Asama, Shirane and Tanigawa. Downloaded from on 06/07/2022.