Japan: Sites and Culture - The shrines and temples of Nikko, together with their natural surroundings, have for centuries been a sacred site known for its architectural and decorative masterpieces. They are closely associated with the history of the Tokugawa Shoguns.
Nikko's World Heritage shrines and temples are among Japan's finest, gilded and lacquered in the decadent style of the 17th century. Their setting is also awe- inspiring: a grove of towering cedars backed by mountains. Get the Lonely Planet's guidebook to Nikko here for free!
Nikko is most famous for the mausoleums of the Tokugawa shoguns, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nikko has been a sacred place since the 8th century, when a Buddhist hermitage was established here. In time, it became prominent for its training centers for Buddhist priests. Today, several shrines and temples are clustered in Nikko, amid a magnificent forest of over 13,000 cedar trees and some of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and mountain scenery.