Nikko Part 4
…. continued from Nikko Part 3 – Taiyuin Mausoleum.
The Rinnoji Temple contains three “gohonzon” shrines to which the faithful come to pray for the welfare of their families and the safety of the nation. Pictured below is the Sanbutsudoh Hall (entrance fee of 400 yen) and the 13.2 meter high bronze Sohrintoh Tower.
Located next to Toshogu Shrine, the Futarasan Shrine is said to be the oldest structure on Nikko. The shrine is famous for its copper-tiled of front shrine, and eight-gabled roof of main shrine. Entrance fee is only 200 yen.
Enough with temples and shrines in Nikko already – well, our son thought so!
Considered one of the three most unique bridges in all Japan, the Shinkyo (Sacred) Bridge is a registered World Heritage site. According to legend, in ancient times the benevolent god Jinsha first made a bridge here with two giant snakes (one red, one green) to ferry pilgrimaging monks across the gorge.
The Shinkyo had not been vermilion lacquered until 1636. The bridge was washed away by the flood in 1902, but it was rebuilt in 1904.
We took about a 45 minute bus from the Tobu Nikko station up the mountain to Lake Chuzenji. Located at an elevation of 1,269 meters, this is one of Japan’s most famous lakes. The lake is said to have formed when an eruption of Mt. Nantai 20,000 years ago dammed its basin. Unfortunately, due to the very high winds that day, we didn’t stay very long in the area and never saw the lake.
Located in the Lake Chuzenji area, Kegon Falls is one of Japan’s three most famous waterfalls. The waters falling 97 meters from a sharp precipice into the river below are exhilarating to see. We took an elevator (fee of 530 yen) to the bottom of the falls.
That concludes this multi-part post on our recent short, overnight visit to Nikko. It was a wonderful trip and we certainly would recommend to visit if you get a chance.