Nikko Toshogu (03 04 2020)
Visit Toshogu shrine, start from the Nikko Station (JR line)
Walking through a main approach road allied by cryptomeria to the shrine
Enter into the precinct through Ishidorii (Stone Torii Gate)
After watching a vermilion Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda) left side
Through main gate; Omotemon (Front Gate) or called Nio gate, gateof 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.
And famous Sanzaru (Three Wise Monkeys) on Shinkyusha (Sacred Stable), a stable for the shrine’s sacred horses on left side.
After visiting the Honjido Hall in where to enjoy famous crying dragon.
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.
Kairo (Corridor) ; The exterior wall extending to the Yomeimon Gate
Calligraphy on a tablet on the Yomeimon gate (written by Gomizuo Emperor)
An upside down pillar of the Yomeimon gate
Lion sculpture on the Yomeimon gate
Sculptures and roof of the Yomeimon gate
By watching Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House) on left side
Shinyosha (Portable Shrine House)
Move to the Gohonsha (Main Shrine) (Inside no photos allowed) after watching a Karamon gate (Chinese 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
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)
Gohonsha (Main Shrine)
Steps to Okumiya (Inner Shrine)
Then visit Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mausoleum; Gohoto in the Inner shrine
Inukimon Gate of Okumiya (Inner shrine)
Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mausoleum; Gohoto