Nikko Futarasan Shrine in Nikko
Nikko Futarasan Shrine
Nikko Futarasan Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Nikko city of Tochigi, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to the three deities of Mt. Nantai, which is also known as Futarasan. The three deities are believed to protect Nikko and its surrounding areas.
The shrine was established in the 8th century by the Buddhist monk Shodo Shonin. He chose the location for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. The shrine has been rebuilt several times over the centuries due to natural disasters and war damage.
The shrine's architecture is a blend of Shinto and Buddhist styles, reflecting the syncretism of the two religions in Japan. The main hall, or honden, is a designated national treasure and features intricate carvings and paintings. The shrine also has a beautiful gate, or torii, made of wood and painted in bright vermillion.
The shrine is open to visitors year-round and is especially popular during the autumn foliage season. Visitors can purchase amulets and charms at the shrine, which are believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. The shrine also hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Futarasan Shrine Grand Festival in August.
The approximate latitude and longitude of Nikko Futarasan Shrine is 36.7477° N, 139.6010° E.