Visit Nikko Toshogu

Nikko Toshogu  (03 04 2020)

Yomeimon Gate; “Gate of the Setting Sun”

Visit Toshogu shrine, start from the Nikko Station (JR line)

Nikko station (JR line)

Walking through a main approach road allied by cryptomeria to the shrine

Main approach road to the shrine

Enter into the precinct through Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate)

Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate)
 

After watching a vermilion Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda) left side

Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)

Main gate of Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)
Through main gate; Omotemon (Front Gate) or called Nio gate, gateof Guardian deity Nio or Deva
Omotemon (Front Gate) or called Nio Gate

Guardian deity Nio or Deva

Then to watch “Imaginary Elephants”on a gable of the Kamijinko Storehouse, one of Sanjinko (Three Sacred Storehouses) on right side.

“Imaginary Elephants”on a gable of the Kamijinko Storehouse

And famous Sanzaru (Three Wise Monkeys) on Shinkyusha (Sacred Stable), a stable for the shrine’s sacred horses on left side.

Sanzaru (Three Wise Monkeys) on Shinkyusha (Sacred Stable) a stable for the shrine’s sacred horses

After visiting the Honjido Hall in where to enjoy famous crying dragon.

Drum tower and Honjido Hall
Drum tower and Honjido Hall (right side)

To watch gorgeous Yomeimon gate or “Gate of the Setting Sun” since people can admire this gate all day long.

Yomeimon Gate; “Gate of the Setting Sun”

Kairo (Corridor) ; The exterior wall extending to the Yomeimon Gate
Kairo (Corridor) ; The exterior wall extending to the Yomeimon Gate
Calligraphy on a tablet on the Yomeimon gate (written by Gomizuo Emperor)
Calligraphy on a tablet on the Yomeimon gate (written by Gomizuo Emperor)
An upside down pillar of the Yomeimon gate
An upside down pillar of the Yomeimon gate
Lion sculpture on the Yomeimon gate
Lion sculpture on the Yomeimon gate
Sculptures and roof of the Yomeimon gate
Sculptures and roof of the Yomeimon gate

By watching Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House) on left side

Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House)
Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House)

Move to the Gohonsha (Main Shrine) (Inside no photos allowed) after watching a Karamon gate (Chinese gate)

Karamon Gate (Chinese gate)

Dragon sculpture on the pillar of the karamon gate
Dragon sculpture on the pillar of the karamon gate

Then go up to Okumiya (Inner Shrine) through Sakashitamon by watching sleeping cat

Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat) on Sakashitamon gate
Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat) on Sakashitamon gate
Sparrow sculpture backside of Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat)
Sparrow sculpture backside of Nemurineko (Sleeping Cat)

Going up to the Okumiya (Inner Shrine) thourgh arrow alley to Okumiya with watching Gohonsha (Main Shrine).

Narrow alley to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)
Narrow alley to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)
Gohonsha (Main Shrine)
Gohonsha (Main Shrine)
Steps to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)
Steps to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)

Then visit Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mausoleum; Gohoto in the Inner shrine

Inukimon Gate of Okumiya (Inner shrine)
Inukimon Gate of Okumiya (Inner shrine)
Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum; Gohoto
Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mausoleum; Gohoto

 

 

 

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