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.
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.
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.