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Derrière le Rinno-ji J - Nikko
Among the many temples of the holy city of Nikko, Tosho-gu is recognised as the finest example of architectural virtuosity and freedom of expression in ornamentation. The 18C builders, aided by 15 000 craftsmen, excelled themselves. The five-storey p..
1er temple à l'entrée du site J - Nikko
After crossing the Daya River on the back of intertwined snakes, Shodo Shonin fainted upon seeing the remarkable natural beauty of this spot. He founded Rinno-ji shrine here in order to house Kannon. All this happened 12 centuries ago. The temple has..
Face au Futarasan J - Nikko
This mausoleum is coupled with a Buddhist temple and a forest of wild cedars protects the whole complex. Taiyu-in houses the body of Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604-1651), the grandson of the first shogun. A shaded path marked out with lanterns leads to the m..
Museums and art
J - Nikko
The abbot of Choyokaku brought in the very best artists to complete what was then the administrative office of Toshu-gu in 1928. Talented artists such as Nakamura, Gakuryo, Katayama Nanpu and Arai Kanpo came to work under the aegis of Yokoyama Taikan..
À l’ouest du Tosho-gu J - Nikko
Founded in 782 by the priest Shodo Shonin, Futarasan-jinja shrine was rebuilt in 1610. It has a very fine Momoyama-style Hon-den (central pavilion - 1619). Dedicated to Okuninushi no Mikoto, one of the divine founders of Shinto, the shrine also vener..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
8-27 Hon-cho J - Nikko
The Imperial Villa of Tamozawa, the imperial family's summer residence, was built around the first residence of the Tokugawa Kishu clan, which was imported from Edo in 1872. In a feat of technical prowess, its 106 rooms connected to each other by cor..