Japan Trip 2011 – Toshogu Shrine (Nikko)

Date: 5th December 2011

Previous entry: Visiting Nikko

Nikko boasts a few famous shrines, onsens (hot springs) and great national park.

 

We didn’t have much time there, and DH read somewhere that if time is a constraint, the one place that we should not miss is the Toshogu Shrine.

 

Near the entrance:

 

On my left I could see this pagoda:

 

 

After paying for the tickets, I started to walk in:

 

This is the famous facade that can be found on most tourist brochures of Nikko:

 

As we entered, and turned to our left, we came across the monkey carvings:

 

The famous “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil”:

 

Since there were so many tourists (there were at least 2 groups of guided tours) in the main compound, we decided to visit the tomb of a famous Shogun, Togugawa Ieyasu, which required us to climb some steep stairs:

 

I sure smiled in this photo, but there were a couple of brief stops, before we reached the top:

 

The shrine dedicated to the tomb:

 

Finally the tomb:

 

I soon climbed down to resume my visit to other parts of the Toshogu Shrine:

 

Shoes off for this part:

 

There were  also other places where not only the shoes have to be off, but also no photography was allowed.

 

One of them was this temple:

 

Soon it was almost closing time, and we had to walk out of the shrine complexc:

 

In a way, I was quite happy to be able to get back to the station:

 

We were looking for UNESCO World Heritage sign, but the closest we could get was this:

 

On our way back, we stopped briefly to look at the Shinkyō Bridge (God Bridge):

 

When we were almost back in the (old) town, I sat down here for a brief rest (note that we were 571m above the sea level)t:

 

We arrived at the Nikko Line train station just in time for the train ride back to Utsunomiya.

 

Walking back to our hotel, we came across the Lala Shopping centre (there’s a Daiso there!):

We were however too knackered to explore the shopping mall so we just went straight back to our hotel, which is just next door to it (the shopping mall).

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