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Rinnoji temple in Nikko

Rinnoji is the most important temple in Nikko area. The temple Rinno-ji, designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government.


It was founded by Shodo Shonin, the Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko in the 8th century.
The temple’s main building, the Sanbutsudo, houses large, gold lacquered, wooden statues of Amida, Senju-Kannon (“Kannon with a thousand arms”) and Bato-Kannon (“Kannon with a horse head”).


The three deities are regarded as Buddhist manifestations of Nikko’s three moutain deities which are enshrined at Futarasan shirine.


The Sanbutsudo Hall is currently undergoing major renovation works, which are scheduled to last until March 2019. During this period, the temple hall is covered by a huge scaffolding structure, but it remains open to everybody.

Opposite Sanbutsudo stands the temple’s treasure house with Buddhist and Tokugawa related exhibits.


The small Japanese garden is located next behind the treasure house. The garden is a popular autumn leaf  with its many maple trees standing around pond.


【Rinno-ji temple】

Address: 2300 Sannai, Nikko-shi, Tochigi
Tel: +(81) 288-54-0531
Hour: 8:00~17:00
Closed: open everyday


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