Yakushima UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage Inscription for Yakushima: Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the Palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is …

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Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine UNESCO World Heritage Site, Japan

From the World Heritage inscription for the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine: The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings …

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Himeji-jo, Japan

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Himeji-jo

From the the World Heritage inscription for Himeji-jo: Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defense and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both …

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Shrines and Temples of Nikko

Shrines and Temples of Nikko - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Shrines and Temples of Nikko: 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 is a day trip from Tokyo. …

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