World Heritage: Shrines and Temples of Nikko
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.