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Day 2 of Winter Travel in Nikko ~Mt. Nikko Rinno-ji and Nikko Toshogu Shrine~

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Visiting Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a shrine founded in 1617 that is dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate of the Edo period. It is considered the main point of the World Heritage Site “The Temples and Shrines of Nikko,” and there’s plenty to see here, such as a group of 55 luxurious shrines, including 8 national treasures and 34 Important Cultural Assets.

※Audio guides (available in English and Chinese) can be rented for 500 yen per day. If you would like to rent one, visit the reception desk.

Approaching the Shrine
Approaching the Shrine

Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate)

This stone torii gate, called Ishidorii, was dedicated by Kuroda Nagamasa in 1618. The stone for the gate was brought all the way from Kyushu.

Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)

Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)
Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)

The seismic base isolation used on Gojunoto was apparently also used in the construction of Tokyo Skytree.

Gojunoto is earthquake-resistant
Gojunoto is earthquake-resistant

I walked around the tower.

It’s decorated with images of the 12 zodiac signs.

Sanjinko (Three Sacred Storehouses)

Sanjinko, or the three sacred storehouses, is a collection of three buildings: Kamijinko, Nakajinko, and Shimojinko. They store the harnesses and costumes used in the Procession of 1,000 Samurai, held in spring and autumn, among other things.

Shinkyusha (Sacred Stable)

This is the stable for the shrine’s sacred horses.

The statues here of the Three Wise Monkeys, embodying “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil,” are famous.

Three Wise Monkeys
Three Wise Monkeys

Yomeimon

In view of Yomeimon
In view of Yomeimon

Yomeimon, repairs of which were completed in March of 2017, is colored entirely in beautiful gold.

Yomeimon is also called the “Gate of the Setting Sun,” thanks to how the vivid sculptures adorning the building are something you could look at all day without tiring.

Since the building was freshly redone after repairs, everyone was stopping for pictures.

Everyone wanted a picture
Everyone wanted a picture

It truly was a gorgeous sight.

Even the interior sparkles with gold.

Other side of Yomeimon
Other side of Yomeimon

Okumiya (Inner Shrine)

After climbing 207 steps, I reached Okumiya, the innermost part of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.

Okumiya is home to Ieyasu’s tomb.

I then went back the same way I came.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Treasure House

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Treasure House hosts various collections and exhibits, including Ieyasu Tokugawa’s treasured items, offerings from the imperial court, acceding families, and daimyo, as well as items used in the main shrine’s festivals. Additionally, the “Toshogu Theater” was playing short 10-minute CG animations on Ieyasu Tokugawa and VR productions on Yomeimon.
(Admission fee: 1,000 yen)

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Treasure House
Nikko Toshogu Shrine Treasure House
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Basic information on Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Address
2300 Sannai, Nikko City, Tochigi[MAP]
Visiting hours
April 1st-October 31st 8:00am-5:00pm
November 1st-March 31st 8:00am-4:00pm
Admission
Adults (high school students and older) 1,300 yen, elementary and junior high school students 450 yen
WEB
URL(Japanese)