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A trip to Investigate why the Nikko Toshogu was built gorgeously as such!

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Nikko is renowned for its complex of shrines and temples that exhibit a high degree of artistic and architectural excellence, which leads to its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. In fact, Nikko has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries. I would like to explore the excellence of The Toshogu Shrine, which is the symbol of the Tokugawa period (1603 - 1867), from these Japanese cultural, spiritual and historical points of view.

Tokyo Tour Guide - Macky H.
Macky H.
5.00 / 5
(4 reviews)
08:00 AM

Meeting Point

Your hotel in Tokyo

09:00 AM

Transportation

We will take Tobu Limited Express "Spacia X No. 3" at 9:00 am at Asakusa Station to Tobu Nikko Station. It will be almost 2 hours train ride.

11:10 AM

Shinkyo Bridge (Sacred Bridge)

After arriving at Tobu Nikko Station at 10:50 am, we will take a bus to Shinkyo Bridge Bus Stop.

Shinkyo Bridge is one of the most iconic and historically significant landmarks in Nikko and located at the entrance to Nikko's shrines and temples, including the famous Toshogu Shrine.

This bridge is known for its distinctive architecture and striking appearance, featuring a gentle arch and vibrant red lacquer.

11:30 AM

Lunch at Aburagen

After watching the Shinkyo Bridge, we will have an early lunch at "Yuba" Restaurant named "Aburagen" just in front of Shinkyo Bus Stop.

"Yuba" is a food product made from soybeans. It is created by boiling soy milk and then skimming off the thin layer that forms on the surface. This layer is Yuba, which can be eaten fresh or dried for later use. Yuba has been a part of Japanese cuisine for centuries, particularly in Buddhist vegetarian cooking. Buddhist temples emphasize vegetarianism. Yuba became a staple for monks who followed a strictly vegetarian diet. This restaurant specialize in Yuba dishes. Its unique preparation and versatility make it a culinary attraction for visitors.

12:00 PM

Rinnoji Temple

After watching the Shinkyo Bridge, we will walk up to the Rinnoji Temple, which is a historically and culturally significant religious site in Nikko. It was founded by Shodo Shonin, a Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko in the 8th century.

Its main hall, known as Sanbutsudo, is remarkable for housing three large, gold-leafed wooden statues of Buddhist deities: Amida, Kannon with a thousand arms, and Kannon with a horse's head. These statues are worthwhile to see because they are considered national treasures.

12:30 PM

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine is one of Japan's most significant and spectacular shrines and renowned for its historical and architectural grandeur. We will explore it from historical and architectural point of view. There are many famous architectures such as the Yomeimon Gate and the five-story pagoda. The sacred stable for sacred horses are adorned with numerous carvings, including the famous "Three Wise Monkeys" who embody the proverbial principle "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." While explaining these architectures and carvings one by one, I try to touch upon some hints of how Japanese Shinto and Buddhism were co-existed with each other until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

02:30 PM

Futarasan Shrine

Futarasan Shrine, founded in 782 by a Buddhist monk, is another significant religious site in Nikko with its own unique historical and cultural importance. Comparing with Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine itself is rather small and not so attractive in terms of architectural point of view. However, it is very interesting from Japanese historical religious point of view. While exploring it, you may get some tips for understanding old Japanese mentality and some Shinto rituals.

03:00 PM

Taiyuin Temple

Taiyuin Temple serves as the mausoleum of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Shogun and the grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu, whose mausoleum is the nearby Toshogu Shrine. It is quite similar architecture to Toshogu Shrine, but less gorgeous.

Taiyuin Temple is a fine example of the fusion of Shinto and Buddhist elements that is characteristic of Nikko's religious sites.

05:20 PM

Return to Tokyo

We will take the Tobu Limited Express Liberty-Kegon No. 44 at 5:24 pm at Tobu Nikko Station to return to Asakusa Station.

07:20 PM

Asakusa Station

We arrive to Asakusa Station at 7:15 pm.

Ending Point

Your hotel

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Tour Important Information

* Shinkyo Bridge holds great cultural and religious importance. It is part of the Futarasan Shrine. The bridge is considered sacred and was historically reserved for the use of the shogun and other select dignitaries.

* Nikko Futarasan Shrine, with its rich history, serene natural setting, and deep spiritual significance, offers a tranquil and introspective experience, reflecting the essence of Shintoism and its harmony with nature.

* Rinnoji Temple has been a center of religious activity for over 1,200 years. It plays a vital role in the practice and dissemination of Buddhism in the region. The temple is associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, which has significantly influenced Japanese culture and religion.

* Toshogu Shrine, with its stunning artistry and spiritual significance, is not just a symbol of the Tokugawa Shogunate but also a masterpiece of Japanese cultural heritage. It offers a unique glimpse into Japan's historical and religious traditions.

* Taiyuin Temple serves as a testament to the religious, cultural, and artistic achievements of the Tokugawa period (1603 - 1867).

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