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Temple Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Soshuji Temple (Sanoyakuyoke-daishi)
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    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Kanaikamichou 2233
    Sanoyakuyoke-daishi is the popular name of this Tendai Buddhist temple in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture. The name was made famous via TV commercials. A protective statue of the priest Ryogen is installed, so the temple has become associated with warding off misfortune. It’s one of the three main Tendai temples of the Kanto region for improving your luck, so every New Year’s Day people pour in for Hatsumode, the first prayers of the New Year.
  • Saimyoji Temple
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    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 4469
    This Shingon Buddhist Sect Buzan School Temple in Mashiko City, Tochigi Prefecture is dedicated to the 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva. The gabled thatched two-story gate and three-story pagoda constructed in 1492 and the miniature shine in the main temple hall that is said to be created during the Muromachi period have all been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. A statue of a laughing Yama (king of Hell) next to the Bodhisattva Jizo who protects those who have fallen to hell is also found here at the temple. The laughing Yama (king of Hell) is said to be the incarnation of the jizo.

    Not crowded; we were the only ones there. Make sure you follow the trail behind the shrine. Phenomenal view at the top!

  • Izurusan Manganji Temple
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    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Izurumachi 288
    This Shingon Buddhist Sect Chizan School Temple in Tochigi City is dedicated to the Thousand-Hand Kanzeon Bodhisattva. It is known as being a powerful spiritual location surrounded by forests and water with perpetual services offered for the deceased, zen meditation, and waterfall meditation. The main temple hall has been designated a Prefectural Cultural Property whereas the Deva gate has been designated a City Cultural Property and the Izuru limestone caverns have been designated as City Natural Monument.

    This is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect founded in 765AD according to the temple’s homepage. It is located approximately twenty kilometers northwest of Tochigi City. On our way to the temple we...

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Drum Tower and Bell Tower)
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301 Nikko Toshogu
    Bell and taiko drum towers in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Originally used to tell the time for Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the two watchtower-looking buildings stands stand next to one another just before the Yomeimon gate. While the bell and drum towers may look similar, they are actually minutely different.
  • Shihonryuji Temple (Rinnoji Temple, Mt. Nikko)
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai Within 2300 ringo temple
    A temple in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Founded in 766 by holy priest Shodo Shonin, who is founder of Nikko. The principle object of worship is the Thousand Hand Kanzeon Bodhisattva. The windows of the temple are in the direction of Mt. Nantai so that the mountain can always be worshipped. The Kannon Hall and three-story pagoda on the grounds have been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
  • Jogyo-do Hall (Rinnoji Temple, Mt. Nikko)
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai Within 2300 ringo temple
    This hall is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Located in the Mt Nikko Rinnoji Temple the hall was constructed by Master Ennin in 848. Facing the hall on the left is Jogyo-do Hall and on the right is Hokke-do Hall. The two are connected by a bridge giving them the unusual appearance of a conjoined hall.
  • Bannaji Temple
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    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Ietomichou 2220
    This Buddhist temple in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, was founded by Ashikaga Yoshikane in 1196. A Shingon sect Dainichi school temple the principle object of worship is Dainichi-Nyorai. The main hall was declared an Important Cultural Property in 1950 and was declared a National Treasure in 2013. The temple is a great place to see the sakura cherry blossoms in the spring and yellow gingko leaves in the fall.

    Being an ancient samurai castle this is a true marvel of Japanese culture and heritage. Beautiful and tranquil.

  • Rinnoji Taiyuin Mausoleum
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai
    This is the burial ground of the third Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, in Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple. It was constructed by the fourth Shogun Ietsuna in accordance with Iemitsu’s will. Compared to Toshogu Shrine it has a more subtle tone, but there are numerous structures that are Important Cultural Properties such as the massive Niten-mon Gate and the Koka-mon Gate that is like a dragon palace, and the honden (main hall) has been designated a National Treasure. On the premise stand 315 gravestone lanterns, and one can enjoy an atmosphere different to that of Toshogu Shrine.
  • Sanbutsudo
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2300 wheel in Oji
    This building that forms the hondo (main hall) of Nikkozan Rinnoji Temple is the largest wooden structure in Nikkonsan. Said to have been founded in 848 by Ennin (Jikaku Daishi) a high priest of the Tendai sect, the temple appearance is influenced by the style of esoteric Buddhism in the Tendai sect, an unusual form even in Japan. The temple enshrines the “Three Divine Manifestations of Nikko” which also correspond to Nikko’s three mountains: Senjukannon, the Thousand-armed Buddha, Amida Nyorai, the Amida Buddha, and Batoukannon, the Horse-headed Buddha. *Due to ongoing repairs at Sambutsudo, only some may be seen. Visitors can observe the restoration work from the observation tour passageway (elevated corridor).
  • Futarasan Jinja Shrine Chugushi
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2484
    This shrine on Mt. Nantai near the shore of Lake Chuzenji in Tochigi Prefecture’s Nikko City lies in between the honsha (main shrine) and okumiya (rear shrine) of Futarasan Jinja Shrine. It was established in 784 after Shodo Shonin climbed to the summit of Mt. Nantai. Next to the honden (inner sanctuary) is a path (trailhead) that leads to the okumiya on the mountain’s summit, and the trail is only open from May 5 to October 25. In addition to architectural structures on the premises such as the honden and chumon (central gate), which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, the Homotsu-kan (treasure hall) also exhibits various treasures that belong to Futarasan Jinja Shrine.
  • Nikkosan  Chuzen-ji Temple
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2578
    This temple belonging to the Tendai sect located near Lake Chuzenji in Nikko City is a branch temple of Nikko Rinnoji Temple. It began when Shodo Shonin, the founder of the Nikkozan religious sites witnessed Senju-kannon (the thousand arm Kannon goddess) appearing on the lake and carved an image of the Kannon in a standing tree or “tachiki,” which became the principal object of worship at the temple. It is the eighteenth temple in the Bando pilgrimage circuit (comprised of 33 Kannon temples in the Kanto region). People worship the Tachiki Kannon in the hondo (main temple building) as the shoganjoju Buddha, which is believed to grant people’s requests of various kinds, and the mido hall which enshrines Hashiridaikokuten is often visited by people praying for safe childbirth, the return of runaway family members, and to prevent their partner from having an affair.

    There is a very famous and historical big statue of Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with Thousand Arms, which is called Senju Kannon in Japan. This temple registered in UNESCO. When i went here, i was so...

  • Daichuji Temple
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    Tochigi Tochigi-shi Nishiyamada 252
    This famous Buddhist temple’s main gate is a rare example of ancient temple architecture. The grounds also include seven legendary “wonders”: A hearth kept constantly lit to ward away a ghost; a set of stairs whose use is prohibited because they are said to bring bad luck; the “rootless” wisteria which grew from a cane; a well which is said to make the sound of horse hooves and neighing; a haunted toilet; a mountain to the east of the temple from which the sound of a wooden clapper can be heard by the head priest when danger threatens the temple; and a room where it is said that if you sleep in it, you will awaken lying in the opposite direction you fell asleep in. The temple also famously received the hearty patronage of Kanto regional deputy Uesugi Kenshin.
  • Oya-ji Temple (Oya Kannon)
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Oyamachi 1198
    This Tendai Sect Buddhist temple in Oya Town, Utsunomiya City, Tochigi has been built surrounded by a cavern. Within the temple are 10 stone carvings of buddha carved directly into the cavern wall including Japan’s oldest statue of the goddess Kannon (the Oya thousand-armed Kannon). These historical artifacts have led the temple to have been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, even today the temple draws many visitors.
  • Kuizomedera
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto 227
  • Jikoji Temple
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    Tochigi Nikko-shi Yunishigawa
  • waoji daigomado
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2300-wheel Oji-in
  • Nikko toshogu mikamiko sozonozo
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301 Toshogu Shrine in Nikko
  • Nikko toshogu kamikyusha
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301 Toshogu Shrine in Nikko
  • Nikko toshogu kamikyusha sanen
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301 Toshogu Shrine in Nikko
  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine Futa No Torii
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    Tochigi Nikko-shi Sannai 2301 Hi Hikari Toshogu Nai

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Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi’s capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.

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