Nikko is most known for its shrines and temples, the most famous ones recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 103 shrines and temples of the area are spread over three complexes, all within a walking distance from each other. Out of them all, the Toshogu Shrine complex is the most visited as the shrine serves as the mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Nikko also served as a site for traditional mountain worship. The Futarasan Shrine, founded in the eighth century, is dedicated to Nikko’s three sacred mountains (Mt. Nantai, Mt. Nyoho, and Mt. Taro). The Rinno-ji Temple, on the other hand, houses three regal Buddha images that is believed to represent Nikko’s three sacred mountains. Taiyuinbyo Temple may not be part of the World Heritage complex, but it serves as the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s grandson.
Address of Nikko City, Tochigi