Nikko Day 2

On my second day at Nikko, I went to see the famous Tosho-gu shrine.

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The complex of shrine buildings is on a hill covered with cedar trees. The shrine is at the top of a long slope, making the approach to the entrance dramatic.

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The shrine was built to entomb Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, in 1916. The style is more ornate than many of the shrines in Japan.

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The main gate

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A second gate leading to the inner shrine

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The stair leading to the tomb of Ieyasu is further within the shrine, through a gate, along a path further up the hill.

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The tomb itself is relatively demure.

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This road leads to other shrines in the area.

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This second shrine is the tomb of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Before heading out, I went for a stroll along this river to appreciate the scenery.

Nikko was a lovely and peaceful excursion from Tokyo!

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One thought on “Nikko Day 2

  1. Allison — great photos showing the detail of the carvings on the shine’s exterior surfaces. It looks like the weather was good while you were there. Thanks for posting all the photos and providing the descriptions. Love, Dad

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