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If you cannot tour the world to view various UNESCO World Heritage Sites and architectural marvels, head to the Tobu World Square in Nikko, Japan. This theme park has more than 100 miniature replicas of world-famous monuments built to a scale of 1:25. Wonders such as the Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and World Trade Center are recreated in a miniature world, and the intricate details on each of these replicas is testimony to the skill of the architects and artists who created this park. The models also have 140,000 dolls, crafted in proportion in such a way that no two doll faces are the same. Visitors can avail of binoculars, audio and guided tours to understand the replicas in depth. There is also a garden with 20,000 bonsai trees and 45 models of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The park is divided into various zones such as Japan, Asia, Egypt, Europe and America so that visitors can view the miniatures in a systematic manner.
The Shrines and Temples of Nikko stand as a testament to the age-old Japanese tradition of religious practice and refined artistic skill. The oldest of these religious structures were built by the Buddhist Monk, Shodo, in the 8th Century, while the most recent were constructed in the 17th Century and are linked to the revered Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. These marvellous architectural gems were built in the Shinto tradition of harmony with nature, and create a picture of visual intrigue against the natural beauty of the Nikko mountains. Richly endowed with architectural and artistic marvels, the Shrines and Temples of Nikko have been awarded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The heritage area is composed of the shrines of Futarasan-jinja and Tôshôgu, and the temple of Rinnô-ji, which together boast 103 religious buildings that chronicle the cultural and religious history of the region.
Kiuchi Brewery is a historic brewery in Naka city dating back to 1823. Started by Kiuchi Gihei, a village headman, this place specializes in the Japanese beverages Shōchū, a distilled liquor, and Sake, a drink fermented from rice. Every year, it has bagged prestigious awards and medals in national and global competitions. The brewing process follows traditional, 19th-century methods and sustainable practices, resulting in rare beers. The brewery tours, available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, allow visitors to go behind the scenes and watch as the complex machines brew their signature Hitachino Nest Beer. One can also sample different sake varieties or opt for the interactive tour for a comprehensive experience. Popular beverages include the citrus-flavored Kiuchi Umeshu, Kiuchi No Shizuku with herbs and spices, and Kiuchi Yuzu Wine made from mandarin orange and grapefruit. Budding brewmasters can avail of sessions where you are allowed to craft your own brewing techniques and recipes.
Hitachi Seaside Park is a must on your itinerary to Hitachinaka. This 190-hectare (469-acre) public park is a popular tourist attraction, famous for its exotic flora and seasonal blooming throughout the year. Explore the picturesque landscape for baby blue-eyes flowers as well as daffodils and tulips. It is the venue of the annual rock festival and also features trails and an amusement park.
Established in 1874, the principal deities of this shrine are Mito clan members, Mitsukuni Tokugawa (1628-1700, also known as Giko and Nariaki Tokugawa (1800-1860, who is called Rekko. It was actually given government sanction with the status of a national shrine in 1873. Former retainers and local people from Mito donated both labor and money to construct the main buildings of the shrine.