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Futarasan shrine

Futarasan shrineFutarasan shrine is a Shinto shrine located about 2.5 km northwest of Tobu Nikko station, and is right next to Nikko Toshogu shrine.

This shrine has enshrined the gods of three mountains.
These mountains are Mount Nantai (2,486m), Mount Nyohou (2,464m) and Mount Taro (2,368m). In a mythology, these mean Father, Mother and Child, respectively.
The mountains are located to the west or northwest of this shrine, and people have worshiped them as the place where gods are living since ancient times.

It is said that this shrine was founded in 767.
The god precincts contain not only the site building main shrine but also most mountains to the west of main shrine, so its width is about 3,400 hectares.

Before Nikko Toshogu shrine was built in 1636, this had been the central shrine in Nikko area.
Since that, gorgeous Toshogu had been the popular shrine, but Tokugawa Shogun family had provided generous support to this shrine as the original shrine in Nikko.

Most buildings in this shrine were rebuilt around 1619 by Hidetada Tokugawa, the 2nd Shogun and a son of Ieyasu Tokugawa.

Because this is an old and historical shrine, it has some sacred spots in the precincts.

There are some sacred trees. Most of them are old and beautiful Japanese cedars.

There is "Futara-reisen" in the most remote part of the shrine. It is a spring, and the water of a few sacred spots around the shrine flows into there.

"Copper Lantern" ("Dou-tourou") is creepy a little, and is also called "Ghost Lantern".
After it had been lighted in the evening, it sometimes quaked like a ghost late at night. So night guards stroke it with the sword. Then, the lantern has many sword marks.
It is estimated that flying squirrels came to eat the oil in the lantern.

How to get to here

On foot

About 2.5 km from Nikko station. It takes about 50 minutes.
From the main gate of Nikko Toshogu, about 0.3 km, and it takes about 5 minutes.

By route bus

  1. By route bus to Chuzenji or Yumoto-onsen, get off at Nishi-sando stop. About 6 minutes from Nikko station.
  2. From Nishi-sando stop, about 5 minutes on foot.
Map of Nikko 

Road from Toshogu to Futarasan shrine
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Romon gate in Futarasan shrine
Shinmon gate in Futarasan shrine
Torii gate to main shrine
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Front shrine
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Main shrine
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Sacred "married cedars" in Futarasan shrine Futara-reisen
Copper Lantern in Futarasan shrine

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