Nikko was definitely worth a visit. There was a lot to see and it was difficult to stick to just 10 photos... 1 - Shinkyo Bridge - it is sacred and leads to Nikko's shrines
2 - walking along the Daiya river
3 - there are over 50 statues of Jizo lined up together near the abyss- Jizo is a Bodhisattva (someone on the path of enligh nement but who has not yet reached it - in Jizo's case, he cares for the deceased and the lost)
4-5 - Kanmangafuchi Abyss - a gorge created by an eruption from Mount Nantai
6, 7, 8 - Toshogu Shrine - the very lavish mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the Tokugawa Shogunate that would rule Japan for more than 250 years
9-10 - Taiyuinbyo, or Iemitsu Mausoleum - the resting place of Ieyasu's grandson Iemitsu, who became the third Tokugawa shogun. Although similar to Toshogu, Iemitsu requested that his mausoleum be more modest because of the immense respect he held towards his grandfather.
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