Trip to Tosho-gu in Nikko, Japan - Part 1

by Ram Ya January. 20, 2017 2251 views

After out stop at the Tamozawa Imperial Villa, Yokai guided us to Tosho-gu temple complex. Founded by Shodo during the 8th century and maintained by the Buddhist Tendai sect, the temple is renowned for its Sanbutsudo (Hall of the Three Buddhas), erected in 1648.

Beautiful fall colors

When the great shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu died in 1616, Nikko was selected as the site for his mausoleum. At leyasu's request this was a modest affair., but in 1634 leyasu's grandson, Lemitsu, began building the Tosho-gu on a scale commensurate with his grandfather's stature.

Main Omotesando-dori (Tree-lined road) to Tosho-gu

Giant stone torii gateway along Omotesando-dori leading to the shrine

A giant Torii Gate inside the temple complex

Five story pagoda built to replace the 1650 original.

Popular "Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil" trio

A guarding statue at the entrance of a temple



Exquisite details of the temple complex.

Again, I owe this trip to PhotoBlog member and my friend @yokai. Thanks for all your hard work and patience! I have a lot more photos from this beautiful shrine. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series for more. As always, your comments and critique are much appreciated. 

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 10 months ago

All to my faves! Brilliant subjects, compositions, colors, focus, exposure, et al.....WOW!
#7 Looks just like my Algebra Instructor at Texas Military Institute.....(gulp).....

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you so much for your appreciation, Jay

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 9 months ago

My pleasure! Keep on truckin'.......

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Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 10 months ago

Great post, Ram! The light through the trees effect in #5 is really cool. All the buildings
are so beautiful. I've always liked the green moss growing all over the stone pillars at
temples and shrines in Japan (#8). It's like the pillars are wearing hats. I miss Japan
already. Thanks for sharing.

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Ram Ya Replied to Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks, Ben. Yes, love the moss gardens and how they use it in their landscapes.
Miss this country a lot!

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 10 months ago

A true sight of Japan. The trees in the first set of pictures are amazing.

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you very much, Antonio!

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Aniket Pant 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Ram and Yokai. Lovely serene pictures. Love the guardian of the gate. Will you show us pictures of the Buddha's? Looking forward!!

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Ram Ya Replied to Aniket Pant 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you so much Aniket! For some reason, I didn't capture Buddha pictures on this temple. I believe most of the buildings were closed when we reach the temple. So we were rushing to reach the top shrine. Sorry about that.

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