Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Toshogu Shrine, Ieyasu's resting place

Registered as a World Heritage Site, Nikko's Toshogu Shrine is the resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate and one of the most important figures of Japan's samurai era. He asked to be buried at the Toshogu Shrine so his spirit could watch over the land.

Some years later, residents of sacred Nikko discovered natural hot springs in the neighboring Kinugawa-Kawaji area. Today, in the Kinugawa-Kawaji hot spring resort area, you can still enjoy the same simple yet mysterious natural beauty that so enthralled Shogun Ieyasu hundreds of years ago.

The tomb of Ieyasu at the Toshogu Shrine.

—Mellow Monk

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