Nikkō [日光市] is about 140 km north of Tokyo, a couple of hours train ride. While the town itself might not seem much, close to it there is lies the Shrines and Temples of Nikkō Unesco World Heritage Site, and here we headed off on Saturday.
The area holds a whooping 103 buildings or structures, though the natural setting around them is also considered heritage. The buildings belong to two Shinto shrines: Futarasan Jinja [二荒山神社] and Tōshō-gū [東照宮], and one Buddhist temple Rinnō-ji [輪王寺]. Nine of the structures are designated National Treasures of Japan while the remaining 94 are Important Cultural Properties. Unesco listed the site as World Heritage in 1999.
As you might be able to tell, it was raining. Like magic. Like hell. Cats and dogs. And then some.
Highlights include the Three wise monkeys, “see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil”:
The mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu:
A five-storey pagoda (gojūnōto) belonging to Tōshō-gū:
The inner buildings of Furata-san Jinja:
The entrance to Tōshō-gū:
However, since I would not be me without finding (and falling in love with) something obscure and creepy, have a small shrine to the side of the road nobody was paying attention to:
Did I mention it was raining? Because it was. All the damn day XD
Pics look cool in the rain! Tho imagine was rough being in it.
Most of them are Denise’s, but yeah, it became a bit stressful even with the overall raincoats
I was hoping one of the pictures of the steps would turn out well enough to show the huge drops. One day I will see Nikko without rain!!
As long as it is not because it is snowed! XD