Nikko’s Tōshō-gū (日光東照宮), Futarasan shrine (日光二荒山神社), the 103 buildings of the Rinno-ji (輪王寺) and the ruins that surround it, have all been designated as World Heritage Sites. The most famous of Nikko’s many sights, the Tōshō-gū is a shrine dedicated to the veneration of the Edo period leader Tokugawa Iemitsu. The many skillfully aligned stairs, the impressive lacquer work and the beautifully artistic engravings all contribute in making Nikko a truly special place. Everywhere you go, you will find animal motives on and near the buildings, including the well-known “Sleeping Cat” and the “Three Wise Monkeys”.
|Nikkō city, Tochigi prefecture|
| Access from Tokyo:|
1hr50min on the Tobu Line from Asakusa Sta. to Tobu Nikko Sta.
|Website: Shrines and Temples of Nikko (Tochigi Prefecture Tourist Association)|
|Website: UNESCO (English)|
Shrines and Temples of Nikko