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World Heritage: Shrines and Temples of Nikko

By Staff Writer
March 15, 2023
The temples and shrines in Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture, were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The World Heritage Site consists of two shrines, Nikko Toshogu Shrine Nikko Futaarasan Shrine; and one temple, Rinnoji Temple. They were built on the slopes of Nikko Mountain, which was frequently visited as a site of worship during the Nara period (710-794). In addition, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the Edo shogunate, was enshrined at Nikko Toshogu Shrine after his death in 1616. Nikko is also famous as a tourist city: the easy access from Tokyo and the many unique examples of Japanese temple and shrine architecture have made the city very attractive to foreign tourists since the 1800s.
Yomeimon, one of the gateways into Toshogu Shrine
Shinkyo Bridge, part of Futarasan Shrine
One of the shrine gates at Nikko
The main building at Rinnoji Temple
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