Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sacred Stable

There is a  carving of the three wise monkeys here. Perhaps they originate from here



A horse given by the New Zealand government is stabled here for a few hours a day 



Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil


Toshogu Shrine

This shrine is dedicated to Ieyasu, who founded the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. 



The granite Torii



The Niomon Gate



Guarded by two Nio figures



A five-storey pagoda
Each level represents an element-earth, water, fire, wind and heaven


Built in 1616, it took 15,000 craftsman to work for two years to create this shrine worthy for a Shogun. Although designated as a shrine, it retains many of its Buddhists elements


Walking to Toshogu

We walked from Shinkyu to the Toshogu Shrine.





Copper statue of Priest Shoto



A very Chinese looking dragon fountain



 If you see a Torii, you know that a shrine is nearby

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lunch in Nikko

We decided to have lunch first since it was beginning to rain



This restaurant is opposite Shinkyo











Shinkyo Bridge

This sacred bridge was used  to cross the Daiya River.







Nikko

Nikko is a World Heritage Site. It is about 140 km north of Tokyo. 





We took the bus from the station into town


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Utsunomiya Station

We exited the Shinkansen line here and went downstairs to Platform 5 to take the JR train to Nikko





 Platform 5



 Vending machines are very handy





Double decker train



Queuing for the train





Arrived in Nikko