Nikko Futarasan-jinja

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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 venerates the divine spirits of the surrounding mountains. You will also see 3 000-year-old black pines and an old bronze lantern slashed by sabres, known as the Ghost Lantern. A procession of flower-decked floats makes its way through the shrine complex every year in mid-April.

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Address:

Nikko

Price:

200 ¥

Opening hours

Apr-Oct: 8am-5pm; rest of year: 9am-4pm

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Nikko, an exceptional and sacred place

In 1999, the whole world paid tribute to the baroque splendour of the shrines and temples of Nikko that gleam among the giant cedars, when the complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These architectural masterpieces are tightly bound up with the history of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled from the 17C to the 19C.
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