Last week we took an impromptu day trip to Nikko. We didn’t have much time, but we spent a little part of our day at Toshogu Shrine.
The Shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. Tokugawa Ieyasu is known for uniting Japan after a lengthy period of civil war, restoring stability and peace, and encouraging international trade (it was then Tokugawa Ieyasu’s grandson Tokugawa Iemitsu who closed off Japan to the rest of the world in 1663 under a harsh and isolationist foreign trade policy). Toshogu Shrine was built in the first half of the 1600’s, and according to the shrine’s financial records it cost the equivalent of ¥40 billion (about $500 million Australian bucks). The shrines, surrounded by the primordial mossy forests, evoke strong feelings of spirituality and historical appreciation.
Lovely Hieizan glinting in the sunlight. One of my favourite hikes in Kyoto, the Enryakuji Temple Complex at the summit is so peaceful, the perfect place to while away a few hours 🌿