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The Shrines and Temples of Nikko are a World Heritage Site in Japan. They are celebrated as a masterpieces of Japanese architecture in an area that has been regarded as a sacred site for centuries. The inscription encompasses religious buildings and structures in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture.


The famous Yomeimon Gate at Toshogu Shrine, Nikko
The famous Yomeimon Gate at Toshogu Shrine, Nikko
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The Shrines and Temples of Nikko that are recognised as a World Heritage Site include two Shinto shrines, Futarasan and Tosho-gu, and one Buddhist temple, Rinno-ji. Each of them is a complex of religous buildings numbering a total of 103. Of these, nine are designated as National Treasures of Japan while the remaining 94 are Important Cultural Properties.

Shrines and Temples of Nikko was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 29 November - 4 December, 1999.

To learn more about Nikko, read the Nikko Budget Travel & Hotel Guide in AsiaExplorers.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 36 44 51 E 139 36 38
Inscription Year: 1999
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, IV, VI
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