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History of Nikko

Nikko City was born a March 20th, 2006, it is the union of two cities, two tows and one village, names of these places are the Imachi city, former Nikko city, former Fujihara town, former Ashio town and former Kuriyama village, all these areas was developed using grounds of the abundant tourist resources such as the rich natural environment, valuable historic and cultural assets, as well as exuberant hot springs welling up here and there.

Mountain of Nikko was based by the high priest Shodo at the end of the 8th Century, Nikko was considered as a consecrated place for mountain worship. The former Imaichi city prospered as a principal town when the Toshogu Shrine was constructed as Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum in the early 17th Century, the former Nikko city while the former city of Nikko prospered as the monzenmachi or the shrine and temple town of 'Nisha Ichiji'. Besides, the former Fujihara town, where the Kinugawa-Onsen Hot Spring was discovered in late 17th Century, followed by the Kawaji-Onsen Hot Spring in early 18th Century, progressed as one of the notable hot spring resorts of Japan.

Also, the high priest Shodo founded the former Ashio town, it was amply considered as the main temple of the religious sect recognized as the Koshinko faith. At the beginning of 17th Century, they discovered copper veins, after that Ashio prospered as the Japan's principal copper mine, and it became of great help for the modernization of Japan.

The former Kuriyama village was constructed because the Heike clan needed a secret settlement, in this time they were fleeing of enemy troops. Tourists in Heike No Sato can relive life in old rural Japan, as well as discover about the history of the Heike Clan.

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