Nikko Area

Tochigi, Kanto

A luxurious and popular location for vacationing. Simply rife with the elaborate and beautiful architecture of temples and shrines.

Nikko lies at the foot of Mt. Nyoho in the western part of Tochigi, and it is known as the home of the Futarasan Shrine, the Toshogu Shrine and Rinno-ji Temple. It is also home to the Nikko-suginamiki-kaido (Cedar Avenue of Nikko) which has been designated as a natural monument, and it is included as part of the Nikko National Park.

The Toshogu Shrine is where the famous shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined. The shrine achieved its current state of elaborate luxuriousness when Ieyasu's grandson, shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, reconstructed it. The engravings on the Yomeimon Gate, redolent in their gorgeous colors, are particularly impressive, and the engravings of the three monkeys in Shinkyu-sha and Nemuri-neko, the sleeping cat, are also well known.

Rinno-ji Temple was built in 766 and was further developed between the 12th and 14th centuries. Sanbutsu-do (Home of the Three Buddhas), Daigoma-do with its painting of the Nobiriryu (Rising Dragon), and the Homotsu-den treasury are definitely worth seeing. The Futarasan Shrine is said to bring happiness in marriage to those who visit. Also, legend has it that the Futara-reisen, a sacred fountain, has water that restores youth.

These Nikko structures and the surrounding forest areas are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site and an important cultural property where nature and buildings are united.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] Tobu-Nikko Station can be reached in 2 hours from Asakusa Station (Tokyo) by the Limited Express train on the Tobu Isesaki-Nikko-Kinugawa Line.

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