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"The book features large photos from dozens of deserving tourist destinations around Japan--from Nikko to Nara, mountains to monasteries--with text detailing what makes them so special. It's a nice tome for armchair travel, whisking you off around the country from where you sit--or time travel, taking you back to that life-changing decade-lost holiday and old friends."--"The Japan Times" Visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of Japan--and the world! In "Japan's World Heritage Sites," readers are introduced to the temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is so justly renowned--all of those now declared to be Unesco World Heritage Sites. Author John Dougill describes each site in detail, stating why they were singled out by Unesco, the current number and types of sites, the application process, how the sites have been selected, and how difficult it is to be given the special status of a World Heritage Site. Dougill traveled to all of the sites in Japan to research this book. Because the Japanese archipelago extends from Siberia all the way down to Taiwan, Dougill describes how his journey led him from the sub-Arctic to the sub-tropical zones. These are without a doubt the most interesting sites that Japan has to offer, including the following: Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest and most sacred volcano. Located on Honshu Island near Tokyo, Mt. Fuji is considered the sacred symbol of Japan Himeji Castle, a monument from Japan's long feudal history. Also known as Egret Castle, because it looks like a bird taking off in flight. Horyu-ji Temple, the world's oldest surviving wooden structure--a center of Buddhist learning that still serves as a seminary and monastery Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic-Bomb Dome--one of the few structures to partially survive the atomic blast in 1945 The Og


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I love the way this book is laid out 12 juillet 2014
Par Arthur Brigham - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I live in Kyoto, Japan and often see some of the sites covered in this book. I drive by Kinkakuji temple on my way to work once a week. Yet, I know very little about it, aside from the fact that it is gold in color. The first thing I did when I opened this book was to look up Kinkakuji temple, and now I know so much more about it, enriching my understanding of where I live.

I love the way this book is laid out, with each world heritage site easy to find, each highlighted with beautiful photos and then covered with very readable and interesting explanations. Next time I travel to other places in Japan, I will know what to look for!

I highly recommend that anyone interested in Japan should definitely buy this book.
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John Dougill’s new publication covers the fantastic variety of Japan’s 17 World Heritage Sites 25 juillet 2014
Par Paul C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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John Dougill’s new publication covers the fantastic variety of Japan’s 17 World Heritage Sites. He masterfully guides us from the cultural treasures of the ancient capital, Nara, to the stunning natural paradise of one of the most unique islands in the world, Yakushima. This book has a breathtaking display of 350 color photographs. I think it would be hard for anyone to buy this book and be able to resist the allure of these wonderful sites. This is, however, not just a beautiful book of photos. The author provides not only the basic information we need to visit each location, but also a telling vignette that truly captures the essence of each site. It does not take long before we realize that we are in the hands of someone who really knows Japan deeply and has a solid grasp on its history, culture and especially its religion. The information is not served up as a list of facts and dates, but rather as charming story about each site. Without the photos this is a book worth buying. With the photos and text, this is a book that any lover of Japan, or World Heritage Sites, or travel in general will not want to miss. Highly recommended.
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I highly recommend this book! 1 août 2014
Par Ann Bennett - Publié sur Amazon.com
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John Dougill does a great job of exposing the reader to a fascinating history of the World Heritage natural and cultural sites program, and specifically to sites in Japan.Through this book he invites one to share in the aesthetic, historical and spiritual qualities of each site. Alongside the 17 properties recognized by UNESCO in the city of Kyoto, one learns about the unique "Prayer-hand houses" situated in the central mountains of Japan. One travels the length of the country visually and mentally excavating the spirit of each place. Exquisite photography with some full page hypnotic images accompany this journey, and stir an appetite in the reader to learn more. It provides one with a delightful opportunity to vicariously travel to these locations, and inspires one to consider a pilgrimage there of one's own.
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A Fantastic Guide !! 18 juillet 2014
Par Anuradha - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Japan’s World Heritage Sites are a real treasure and this book showcases them beautifully.

The scrumptious photographs bring the sites alive while the author’s lucid style truly captures their essence.

I enjoyed the way he adds to the history of each site with personal anecdotes and his own observations. A great read.

For anyone wanting to explore Japan’s unique culture and breathtaking nature, this book is a wonderful introduction and a substantial guide book.

Plus, it looks great on the coffee table!
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a British citizen living in Kyoto for a good many years 30 juillet 2014
Par Hugo Kempeneer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Today, I received my very own copy of "Japan's World Heritage Sites" by John Dougill, a British citizen living in Kyoto for a good many years. John has written many books about Japanese tradition, culture and religion, and this one is my favourite.
This book covers all World Heritage sites of Japan and is in an atlas format, abundant with many eye catching photographs. Johns journey starts in Hokkaido and he travels slowly all the way south, his last destination the Ogasawara Islands. Each site covered has and extensive explanation about its history, how to get there and many beautiful pictures.
A virtual tour in the "Land of the Rising Sun," discover ancient temples shrines and castles. Learn about the its history and culture in a fun way. John shares his first hand experience in a captivating and entertaining way. It's a nice reference book where you can look back and reminiscence where you have been and dream where you want to go next.
I can heartily recommend this extensive work for the first time visitor to Japan and even the more seasoned traveller will find many interesting sites to discover.
Happy reading,
Hugo Kempeneer
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