World Heritage Sites close to Tokyo

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World Heritage Sites close to Tokyo 2012/12/12 10:18
Hi, Thanks again everyone for responding. The information, links and this web site are great. I have two questions:

First, I checked out the World Heritage Site list. Can someone tell me the closest one to Tokyo. How far away is it? Where is it? I'd only have about a 1/2 day due to other stops.

Last, can anyone give me the current address of the restaurant Les Saisons? I checked the web and there's two different addresses depending on which site I pull up.

Thanks so much. This site is wonderful. Mark

by Mark Swimelar (guest)  

Re: World Heritage Sites close to Tokyo 2012/12/12 10:48
First, I checked out the World Heritage Site list. Can someone tell me the closest one to Tokyo. How far away is it? Where is it? I'd only have about a 1/2 day due to other stops.

The closest is Nikko, however its too far away for a half day trip.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3800.html

Last, can anyone give me the current address of the restaurant Les Saisons?

Its located inside the Imperial Hotel.

http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/tokyo/restaurant/38

Uchisaiwai-cho 1-1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 100-8558

by yllwsmrf rate this post as useful

Re: World Heritage Sites close to Tokyo 2012/12/12 11:07
If it's ok if listed in tentative list, the main building National Museum of Western Art in Ueno is located in Tokyo.

WHS - Nikko
In tentative list - Kamakura, Tomioka Silk Mill.

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Re: World Heritage Sites close to Tokyo 2012/12/12 13:30
You can see Japan's World Heritage Sites on the official site:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/jp

Technically, Tokyo has a World Heritage Site, the Ogasawara Islands, but that's not helpful because they're not geographically in Tokyo.

As stated above, Nikko is the closest. Along with National Museum of Western Art building, you could possibly squeeze in a couple things in Kamakura in half a day if you don't mind visiting sites that are currently petitioning to be on the list but have not been added.

Most of Japan's World Heritage Sites are in areas with more historic sites. Due to modernization, disasters, war, etc. combined with the fact that Tokyo is not so old to begin with (at least compared to a lot of other places in Japan), it just can't compete with Japan's more historic areas.

If you want to do a World Heritage Tour, Kansai would be the best base. There are 14 sites in Kyoto, 1 in Otsu, 1 in Uji, 8 in Nara, Horyuji, Himeji Castle, Mt. Koya, Mt. Yoshino, Mt. Omine, and the Kumano Sites. Many opportunities there, and even Hiroshima's sites are still convenient to reach.

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