日本での一年間

April 25, 2009

Takayam (Part 4-Nikko)

Filed under: Chubu, Domestic, Nearby but not quite in Tokyo, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 4:08 am

Nikko (日光) is a town in Tochigi prefecture, a little ways North of Tokyo. It is famous for it’s shrines and temples, which are supposed to look especially beautiful when the autumn leaves change color (紅葉). The area is a UNESCO world heritage site. But what does this have to do with Takayama?

Takayama also has Nikko, in miniature. Takayama has a small museum with a 1/10th scale version of the shrines and temples of Nikko. The museum is pretty much one large room, with the building models spread out throughout the room. The lighting in the room slowly cycles to simulate daylight, sundown, nighttime, sunrise, and daylight again.

Some of miniature Nikko

Some of miniature Nikko

miniature pagoda

miniature pagoda

Looks like the sun might be going down now

Looks like the sun might be going down now

The chinese characters that spell the name Nikko (日光) mean sunlight.

The chinese characters that spell the name Nikko (日光) mean sunlight.

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