Nikkosan-Rinno-ji Temple

Tochigi, Kanto

A representative Buddhist temple and the mausoleum of an influential shogun stand side by side.

The temple Rinno-ji, designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, functioned as a focus of the policy of Shin-Butsu Shugo (combined learning of existing Japanese Shinto doctrines and Buddhism). Rinno-ji is considered a major base for ascetic training among the temples of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Beside the temple is Taiyu-in Reibyo, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Iemitsu (the third shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate) built by one of the top architects at the time. Rinno-ji became the temple where memorial services were held for Iemitsu, and it enjoyed the close protection of the Tokugawa shogunate. The temple houses the Daihatsune-hangyo-shuge (commentaries on sutras), designated a National Treasure. As a temple for the combined study of Shinto and Buddhist beliefs, it has no distinct boundary in its grounds. Buildings administered by Rinno-ji are spread across the hills of the Nikko-san area. Buddhist figures, paintings, and works of calligraphy, craft objects, and scrolls from the 8th century are housed in the Rinno-ji Homotsu-den Hall (treasure hall). Around 50 of these items are on display at any given time.


2300 Sannai, Nikko-shi, Tochigi
Admission Fee
400 yen (regular fee)
[Bus]JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko Station/Bus/10 min./Shinkyo Bus Stop/On foot/5 min.

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