Rinno-ji Temple, Nikko

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Explore the peaceful spiritual complex of Rinno-ji Temple, built in 766 by a Buddhist monk deep in the mountains. Examine the intricate, ornate structure of the 15 remaining buildings, which hold many interesting artifacts. In the Three Buddha Hall, you'll find statues of Amida, Kannon with a thousand arms, and Kannon with a horse's head. Perhaps the biggest highlights are the serene Japanese gardens: take a seat among the manicured trees and precisely placed stones, and enjoy a moment of quiet reflection. Plan to visit Rinno-ji Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nikko attractions using our Nikko trip tool .
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  • I went to Waoji Temple by bus tour. This temple is also very famous in Nikko, and it is said that it is the gate site temple of the Tendai sect. Since the separation of Gods and Buddhas in the first year of the Meiji era, it has been called "Two Shrines and One Temple" in conjunction with Toshogu Shrine and Futarayama Shrine. The mountain name is said to be Nikkoyama, but "Waoji" is also a general term for temples in Nikko-yama. The main image is Amida Nyorai, Sente Kannon, and Mato Kannon, and it is said that it was built in the second year of Tenpei Jingo (766). The three Buddhas of the large main image of the Sanbutsu-do Hall, an important cultural property, were wonderful golden Buddhas, but it was said that this Buddha was a wooden Buddha, and that all the tops were gold leaf. The total height of these Buddhas is sente Kannon (703. 6cm) (Honson 335. 4cm) Amida-nyo...
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  • There was a big fire at the end of the Edo period, and the gold hall was brought to the ashes. It seems to have been the Meiji era (The Separation Order of God sores) and the kind of temple that existed in Futarayama Shrine was relocated to the Sanbutsu-do Hall. It's huge.
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  • I was there when heavy snowfall so its fantastic memory
  • Good to visit now although it's under renovation
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