Winter Trip to Nikko Part 6: World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” (2) Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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[Introduction]

I traveled to Nikko (日光) for three days and two nights in the middle of February for the first time in five years. Visiting Nikko in winter would be a good choice, since there are less tourists compared to other seasons (summer and autumn) and visitors are able to enjoy snow scenery. In this article, I will write about Nikko Toshogu Shrine as part of Day 2.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Nikko Station
* Day 1: SL Taiju
* Day 1: Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji
* Day 1-2: Nikko Station (Light-up) and Nikko Station Hotel Classic
* Day 2: Shinkyo Bridge and Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple
* Day 2: Nikko Toshogu Shrine [This article]
* Day 2: Futarasan-Jinja Shrine, Taiyuin Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple and Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
* Day 2-3: Nikko Kanaya Hotel
* Day 3: Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art and Matsuyashiki

[Travel Date]
2018.02.18-20

[Main Part]

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Following the previous post, I moved to Nikko Toshogu Shrine after lunch at “Meiji-No-Yakata”.Nikko Toshogu Shrine1

Nikko Toshogu is a Shinto shrine established in 1617 to enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is the most famous spot in the World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” area and “Yomeimon Gate” has been open to the public since last year (2017) after its renovation, so Nikko Toshogu has got more attention recently.

I started walking around Nikko Toshogu from “Sando” (approach to the shrine).Nikko Toshogu Shrine approach1

Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate).Nikko Toshogu Shrine Torii Gate

Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda).Nikko Toshogu Shrine Five-Story Pagoda1

Central pillar has been specially opened, so I decided to watch it.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Five-Story Pagoda2

I walked around the Five-Story Pagoda.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Five-Story Pagoda3

The zodiac animals were decorated.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Five-Story Pagoda4

I moved further after leaving the Five-Story Pagoda.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Three Sacred Storehouses1

Sanjinko (Three Sacred Storehouses).Nikko Toshogu Shrine Three Sacred Storehouses2

Shinkyusha, which is a stable for the shrine’s sacred horses.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Sacred Stable

The “See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil” carving of three monkeys is particularly famous.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Three Wise Monkeys

I moved further.Nikko Toshogu Shrine2

Then, “Yomeimon Gate” came into sight.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon Gate1

“Yomeimon Gate” is covered with over 500 carvings depicting traditional anecdotes, children playing, sages and wise men.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon Gate2

Since “Yomeimon Gate” has been newly renovated, many visitors took pictures here.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon Gate3

It was really gorgeous.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon Gate4

In the gate.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon Gate5

Opposite side.Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon Gate6

I climbed up 207 steps and moved to Okumiya (Inner Shrine).Nikko Toshogu Shrine Inner Shrine1

There was a grave of Tokugawa Ieyasu at Okumiya (Inner Shrine).Nikko Toshogu Shrine Inner Shrine2

I will go back the way I came. Here are some snap photos.""

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine Three Sacred Storehouses3

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine approach2

I returned around the approach to the shrine and then stopped by “Nikko Toshogu Museum”.Nikko Toshogu Museum

Then, I left Nikko Toshogu Shrine and moved to the next destination, Futarasan-Jinja Shrine.""

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about Nikko Toshogu Shrine as part of Day 2 of my Nikko trip.

There were 55 shrine pavilions (5 of them are designated as National Treasures of Japan and 34 as Important Cultural Properties) in Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and they were gorgeous. In particular, the golden Yomeimon Gate is a must-see spot 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Futarasan-Jinja Shrine, Taiyuin Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple and Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park as part of Day 2.

[Map]

1 Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate)
2 Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)
3 Sanjinko (Three Sacred Storehouses)
4 Shinkyusha (Sacred Stable)
5 Yomeimon Gate
6 Okumiya (Inner Shrine)
7 Nikko Toshogu Museum

[Related Link]
Nikko Kinugawa Travel Guide
World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” (Nikko City Government Office)
Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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