Nikko World Heritage Site

Nikko lies at the foot of Mt. Nyoho-san in the western part of Tochigi and it has developed as the temple town for Futara-san-jinja Shrine, Toshogu Shrine and Rin-no-ji Temple. There runs the Nikko-Suginamiki-Kaido (Nikko’s Japanese- cedar-lined Road), which is designated as a natural monument and the city forms a part of the Nikko National Park. Toshogu Shrine is where the famous Shogun of the Edo Period in the 17th century, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was worshiped after his death. It became as luxurious and elaborate as it looks today when the grandson of Ieyasu, the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, reconstructed it with overwhelming luxuriousness.

Rin-no-ji Temple was built in 766 and was developed from the 12th century to the Kamakura Period in the 14th century. Sanbutsu-do, (Three Buddhas’ home), Dai-goma-do with the painting of the Nobori-ryu (rising dragon) inside and Homotsu-den (the treasury) are definitely worth seeing. Futara-san-jinja Shrine is said to bring happiness and marriage for those who visit.

The buildings in Mt. Nikko-san and the surrounding forest areas are registered as a World Cultural Heritage site and as a cultural property where nature and buildings are united.

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