Monday, September 8, 2014

Ieyasu's Tomb

Ieyasu (1543-1616) founded  the Tokugawa Shogunate which ruled Japan for 250 years.



There is a long walk further up the hill to the tomb



The many steps to the top





Another  Torii



Inukimon Gate



Ieyasu's Tomb


Within Toshogu Shrine

It was an upward climb as the shrine sits on the hill.




There  are two supposedly sculptures of elephants on the gable. The artist did not see a real elephant in his life and thus sculpted an elephant from his own imagination.



The Karadou Torii
 (6 m high)
The first bronze torii in Japan



The Sacred Fountain





The Rinzo
Buddhists scriptures are kept here



The Korean Bell
Presented by the Koreans to celebrate Ieyasu's son birthday



The Drum 








Unfortunately, we couldn't see the Yomeimon Gate as it was closed for repairs




The Karamon Gate
It is a national treasure of Japan



The Sleeping Cat












The Drum Tower


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sacred Stable

There is a  carving of the three wise monkeys here. Perhaps this is where the monkeys came from



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.