"Nikko - A World Heritage Site" Nikko by Wild_Orchid

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The Shrines and Temples of Nikko

Nikko was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1999, becoming the tenth in Japan to achieve this status and recognition. Nikko is where nature's special beauty of centuries old cedar trees merge with the shrines and temples built in the honour of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Ieyasu was a military strongman who unified Japan and was so powerful that he started the rule of the Shoguns, a political legacy that would last for 250 years.

The cover picture shows the lavish Yomeimon Gate which is decorated with beautiful and unusual scupltures and carvings, some covered in gilt and gold leaf that shone in the sunlight.

The Tosho-gu Shrine & Mausoleum

The Tosho-gu shrine and mausoleum is said to be Japan's largest and finest shrine and funerary complex. Tokugawa Ieyasu, was enshrined in the Toshugu Shrine in 1616. More than 1,500 craftsmen and artists were brought to Nikko to complete the shrine which was completed by Ieyasu's grandson & heir, Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1636 at a cost of more than $250 million. 8 of the 55 facilities here have been designated as "National Treasures" and all the rest of them as "Important Cultural Properties".

Lake Chuzen, Nikko

No visit to Nikko would be complete without a visit to the nearby Lake Chuzen area. Our coach tour took us up the famous Iroha zig-zag slope to the Lake Chuzen area for lunch and to view the Kegon Waterfall. Much to our delight, due to the cold weather, late blooming cherry blossoms could still be found on the trees around Lake Chuzen. It was a photographer's delight!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing historical Shrines & Temples and Marvellous Scenery
  • Cons:I've not found any.
  • In a nutshell:Don't say Magnificent until you have Seen Nikko!
  • Last visit to Nikko: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Looks amazing! We will be there in just a few weeks' time :-)

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Amazing part of the world, thanks Wild Orchid, for share, and have a wonderful B-day, greets Roy

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    Nikko is a very historical and beautiful place, will try to visit Nikko if I were to visit Tokyo again :) Thanks for sharing & merry christmas!

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    last visit was 20 years ago and your photos reminded me where it is. Greetings

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:34 AM

    It would be interesting to depict an animal only from descriptions ;~)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2006 at 5:56 PM

    Nice tips Orchid! like the new passport photo also!

  • gregoryr1m's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 6:31 PM

    Orchid, you keep changing your passport picture... It's making me dizzy ;*)

  • Bilimari's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2006 at 5:43 PM

    Great photos! You know... I've never been to Nikko. It's one of those places I always thought that I could go there anytime, and now, I live a half world away!

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2005 at 12:14 AM

    B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l !

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2005 at 9:28 PM

    Interesting ... the life of a horse :)


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