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Shrines and Temples of Nikko
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 1999
Location: Asia, Japan, Tochigi Prefecture
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Other languages: Japanese, Vietnamese
Description: For centuries the Nikko shrines and temples, together with their natural environment, have been a sacred site recognized for its architectural and decorative masterpieces. The site’s components have been associated with the history of the Tokugawa Shoguns. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Nikkō (日光市, Nikkō-shi?, literally sunlight) is a city located in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Located about 140 km to the north of Tokyo, it is a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists, housing the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (Nikkō Tōshō-gū) and that of his grandson Iemitsu (Iemitsu-byō Taiyū-in), as well as the Futarasan Shrine, which dates to the year 767. There are also many famous hot springs (onsen) in the area. The mountains west of the city are part of Nikkō National Park and contain some of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and scenic trails. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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