Heritage Sites in Japan
When in Japan…Explore these Heritage Sites!
Japan, the island nation of East Asia is commonly referred to as the land of the rising Sun. It has a population of over 126 million, making it the tenth largest country in the world. Japan has a strong industrial development, because of which it is the third largest economy in the world.
Japan has a very rich culture and an ancient history, because of which it has numerous UNESCO world heritage sites that are simply fascinating.
Wooden Buddhist monuments that have been built in an era as ancient as the 7th century are to be wondered at, at Horyu-ji. There beautiful structures consist of the world’s oldest wooden pagodas. There are forty-eight such wooden structures at Horyu-ji, each an architectural marvel.
Mount Fuji is the standalone snowcapped peak that is seen in solidarity well above the landscape surrounding it. It has been given sacred importance, and breathtaking view provides for more than that. Pilgrims and people aiming to achieve Buddhism travel to Mount Fuji, for about 1,500 meters of this mountain. Not only this, but Fujisan has been attracting artists from over the world who try to capture its mesmerising beauty in their art forms.
Kingdom of Ryukyu
Various castles, landscapes and stone structures that spread around the Okinawa Island makes up for what remains of the Ryukyu dynasty. Albeit in ruins, these make for a glorious past of Japan that is a must-visit place when in Japan. The Ryukyu dynasty has a rich cultural heritage and their religious beliefs have survived a period of much turmoil making these ruins a good study into the society and caste strata.
This architectural masterpiece is not only a gorgeous castle, but is also a fine specimen of the spreading out of its 83 buildings such as to provide protection and defence back-up. As is characteristic of Japan, this is a wooden structure, with a very regal look, with its white walls and natural coloured roof. For 17th century architecture, Himeji-jo is in excellent shape.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
In the atomic explosion of 1945, the Genbaku Dome was the only surviving structure at the bomb’s epicentre. It has since been untouched and preserved for what it stands for. It is not only a ghastly reminder of a horrific act committed against mankind via the atomic bomb, but it also serves as a hope for peace, and a world without nuclear weapons. This memorial serves to remind one and all of the dreadful day that was 6th August 1945, and the aftermath of the act, in all its impact. It serves to remind the world of the outcome of not only war, but also specifically war that includes nuclear weapons. Before it was destroyed, the Genbaku Dome was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall.
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
This is a holy place of Shintoism. It is built on the Itsukushima island. The shrines on the island are as old as the 6th century and as young as the 12th century. Colourful and peaceful, it reflects the beauty of Japan.