Shrines and Temples of Nikko, Tochigi, Japan
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 36° 45.251 E 139° 36.252
54S E 375405 N 4068511
Quick Description: The shrines and temples of Nikko, as well as the natural setting provide a beautiful window into Japanese culture.
Location: Japan
Date Posted: 9/17/2007 5:12:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM27GP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Long Description:
From the UNESCO website (visit link) :

Criterion (i): The Nikko shrines and temples are a reflection of architectural and artistic genius; this aspect is reinforced by the harmonious integration of the buildings in a forest and a natural site laid out by man. Criterion (iv): Nikko is a perfect illustration of the architectural style of the Edo period as applied to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The Gongen-zukuri style of the two mausoleums, the Tôshôgu and the Taiyû-in Reibyô, reached the peak of its expression in Nikko, and was later to exert a decisive influence. The ingenuity and creativity of its architects and decorators are revealed in an outstanding and distinguished manner. Criterion (vi): The Nikko shrines and temples, together with their environment, are an outstanding example of a traditional Japanese religious centre, associated with the Shinto perception of the relationship of man with nature, in which mountains and forests have a sacred meaning and are objects of veneration, in a religious practice that is still very much alive today.
Type: Site

Reference number: 913

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