Ishidorii, the torii gate entrance to Toshogu Shrine at Nikko. It is made of stone (most torii gates are made of wood) and has remained in its original form since its construction in 1618.



Yomeimon at Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. The Toshogu Shrine was built in 1617 as the mausoleum of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The main shrine buildings were built by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1636. The finest artistic and carving skills available at the time were used to decorate this wooden architecture.


Three wise monkeys—the "See no evil, " Say no evil" and "Hear no evil" trio—are among the most famous masterpieces of the Toshogu sculptures.


The outside of the Tozai Kairo, a corridor constructed in 1636. It is decorated with 25 sculptured panels.

Some more Toshogu Shrine detail.

Another structure at Toshogu Shrine.



Statues of imperial ministers occupy the niches of Toshogu Shrine. For two years 15,000 artisans from all over Japan worked on building, carving, gilting and painting the structures here.


Waterfall at Nikko near Toshogu Shrine

This is a fountain that my wife and I discovered down the road from Toshogu Shrine.