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city in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
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Stereoptic views, c. 1900Edit

"Ancient Stone Dog Guarding the Temple of Nikko from Evil."
"Ni-o-mon, or Gate of the Ni-o, at Nikko"
"Front of the Yakushi Temple at Nikko, Japan."
"The Beautiful Carved Karamon, or Chinese Gate, Nikko, Japan"

Nikko ToshoguEdit

Torii and pagodaEdit

English: Everything below the stairway leading up to the Omote-mon. The path leads up a gentle slope and passes under a tall torii (Ichi-no-torii). To the left stands a five-story pagoda. The path leads straight past the pagoda to the foot of a steep stone starway. At the top stands the Outer Gate (Omote-mon).

Omote-mon, Suibansha, Kyōzō, OtherEdit

English: Everything from Omote-mon to stairway leading up to Yomei-mon, including the Sacred Stable with the carvings of the Three Wise Monkeys and many lanterns.

The Outer Gate, or Omote-mon, stands at the top of the first staircase. Statues of the guardian gods occupy the niches to the left and right on the outside. On the inside are statues of lions. The path goes straight for a short distance. Stone lanterns stand to both sides.

The path turns left toward the Sacred Stable. Across the path are three storehouses. The one nearest the Outer Gate is the Shimojinko; next is the Nakajinko; the last is the Kamijinko. Carvings of elephants and lions decorate the gables of the Kamijinko. These animals were unknown in Japan, and the sculptor had to imagine them. Also in this courtyard are a bronze torii (Ni-no-torii) and the Kyōzō, or scripture repository.
English: After walking under the bronze torii, the visitor climbs two of stairs going up toward the Yomeimon. Looking back from the top of the first set of stairs, one can see the sacred stable to the left, the bronze torii, and the suibansha to the right.

Sacred stable and three wise monkeysEdit

English: The sacred stable stands to the left of the path. Panels above eye level have carvings of monkeys, including one especially famous panel with the wise monkeys that hear, speak, and see no evil.
English: After passing the stable, the path turns right. It leads past the covered cistern (mizuya) where visitors wash. Next is a metal torii, followed by another steep staircase.


Lanterns, everywhere in Toshogu

Bell tower, drum tower, Yakushido, Yomeimon 陽明門Edit

English: Two towers flank the path at the top of the stairs: the bell tower to the right, and the drum tower to the left. The Yakushido (or Honjido) is beyond the drum tower to the left. It has the "crying dragon" painting. Ahead is another stairway, and at the top, the Yomeimon.

Bell tower, drum tower, Yakushido, bronze bell, bronze lanternEdit

English: The Yomeimon is a famous gate within the precincts of the shrine. On the outside of the gate, to the left and right, are statues of archers. The walls on both sides have panels with carvings of birds and trees in deep relief. On the inside of the gate, to the left and right, are statues of lions. Pillars inside and outside are painted white and carved with the same motif. One pillar has the motif upside-down.
English: Beyond the Yomeimon is the inner courtyard.

Inner courtyard: Mikoshi building, Karamon, Haiden, Honden, KaguradenEdit

English: Everything in or near the courtyard within the Yomei-mon, prior to entering the inner shrine. The Yomeimon is the gate to the inner courtyard. The visitor who passes the Yomeimon sees, in this courtyard, to the left, is a building (the Shin'yosha, 神輿舎) housing the mikoshi, portable shrines. Ahead is the Chinese Gate, or Karamon, with figures in white. Through it is visible the Oratory, or Haiden. Beyond that is the Main Hall, the Honden.
English: Visitors turn right, toward the Sleeping Cat.

Sleeping cat and inner shrineEdit

English: The Sleeping Cat, Nemurineko, is a carving above a gate. It is attributed to the sculptor Hidari Jingoro. After passing through the Sakashitamon, visitors ascend the hundreds of stone stairs, amid the towering cryptomeria trees, to the inner sanctuary. At the top of the stairway is a torii with calligraphy by Emperor Go-Mizunoo.


Nikko RinnojiEdit

Futarasan Jinja 二荒山神社Edit


Waterfalls, Lakes, Rivers, MountainsEdit