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Rinnoji temple

Rinnoji Rinnoji is a Buddhist temple complex of Tendai sect.
The wide precincts are located just south of Nikko Toshogu and Futarasan shrines, and there are more than a dozen buildings in the precincts.

It is said that the temple was founded by a high priest Shodo in 766.
He built a former Rinnoji, and built a shrine next to the temple next year. It was the former Futarasan shrine.
Also he built a temple at the lakeside of Lake Chuzenji in 784.

In the 9th century, famous high priests such as kuukai and En'nin had sometimes visited here.
And En'nin built Sanbutsudo temple and a few buildings in this precincts in 848.

After the foundation of Edo government by Ieyasu Tokugawa, this had become an important temple with Nikko Toshogu shrine.
In 1653, Taiyuuin Mausoleum of Iemitsu Tokugawa, the 3rd Shogun, was built.

Taiyuuin Mausoleum

Taiyuuin MausoleumIt is the mausoleum of Iemitsu Tokugawa, the 3rd Shogun (1604-1651), and was built in 1653.
It is located to the northwest of the precincts of Rinnoji, and forms the separate precincts.
There are more than 20 buildings in the precincts, and the main temple is designated as a national treasure.

Nikko Toshogu shrine may be likened to the mausoleum of Ieyasu Tokugawa.
Iemitsu said as his last word that his mausoleum should not be more splendid than his grandfather's one (Nikko Toshogu).
But this is enough gorgeous.

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How to get to here

On foot

About 1.8 km from Nikko station. It takes about 35 minutes.
To taiyuuin, about 0.5 km from the main precincts of Rinnoji. About 10 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 3 minutes on foot.
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Kuromon gate, main entrance
Sanbutsudo, main hall in Rinnoji temple
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Gomado hall in Rinnoji temple
Gohoutendo temple in Rinnoji
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Shoyoen, japanese garden in Rinnoji
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Kaizando temple in Rinnoji
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Jougyoudo temple in Rinnoji
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Jigendo temple in Rinnoji
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Taiyuuin, Niomon gate (Main entrance)
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Taiyuuin Nitenmon gate
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Taiyuuin, Yashamon gate
Taiyuuin, Karamon gate
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Taiyuuin, Main temple
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Taiyuuin, Okunoin temple

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