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 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