Japan "UNESCO" World Heritage Sites - Part 4

May 1, 2015

10. Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Rage:


The "Kii" mountain range is the home of three famous sacred places; Yoshino and Kumano, the training places for the "Shungenja", the mountain worshippers; and Mt. Koya, the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, opened by Kukai.  They are unique sacred places where both Buddhism and Shintoism co-exist.







11. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape:


Japan was the biggest exporter of siliver in the world during the Warring States period and the early Edo period.  Many trade ships from Portugal and Holland headed to Japan for attraction of Japanse silver.  It is noted that Japan was also known to European countries as a gold exporter in the Kamakura period when Marco Plo was in China.





12.  Hiraizumi - Temples and Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land:


The most popular building in Hiraizumi is "Chuson-ji" built in 12th century by the Fujiwara clan influencing the Oushu district.  The "Konjiki-do" (the golden hall) is covered with told, not only one on the inside and outside of the building but also in the form of its main image., "Amida Buddha".  

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