Nikko 日光

  • Published on : 14/10/2019
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Nikko Travel Guide and tour of its religious complex

Unmissable and unforgettable, the religious complex of Nikko appose many sites listed as World Heritage by Unesco, Buddhist temples, mausoleums, and Shinto shrines. Take a day-long walk in Nikko National Park and its immense forests, to immerse yourself in tranquility and spirituality.

Nikko, the city of sunlight

The city of Nikko is located 140 km north of Tokyo, in Tochigi Prefecture. Its name means "Sunlight or sunshine". This ancient city was built at the foot of the mountains and is located in the heart of Nikko National Park, which is home to large cedar forests. The surroundings of the city are renowned for many major sites, Buddhist temples, and Shinto shrines, registered as World Heritage by Unesco since 1999.

Set in lush greenery, this religious complex is a must-visit, popular with Japanese and tourists alike. As the Japanese saying goes: "Do not say "magnificent" before having seen Nikko" ( Nikkō o mizushite kekkō toiū nakare).

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We then take the path leading to the left to enter what was the Buddhist heart of the first Nikkô and visit the Rinnô-ji temple, founded by the monk Shôdô Shônin and known for its "hall of the three Buddhas", but also for its splendid Shōyō-en garden. The curious minds can also examine the objects of worship (mandalas, bells) preserved in the Treasury Museum (opposite the temple).

Behind the temple, the Tôshô-gu marks the second period of Nikkô: it is the burial place of Tokugawa Ieyasu. This shrine, richly decorated with Chinese influences, required the participation of 15,000 men during its construction between 1634 and 1636. With its gilding and vibrant colors, it is considered one of the finest examples of Momoyama architecture.

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La porte Yomeimon, la plus connue du Tosho-gu

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Le mausolée de Ieyasu Tokugawa

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Rinnô-ji

The main hall, Sanbutsudo of Rinnô-ji.

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Les trois singes de la sagesse, gravés dans le bois du fronton de l'écurie du Tosho-gu, font partie des symboles de Nikko.

Symboles de Nikko, les trois singes de la sagesse, gravés dans le bois du fronton de l'écurie du Tosho-gu

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