Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine

Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine

Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine
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Hiroaki Kaneko
By Hiroaki Kaneko
Shrine by Lake Chuzenji, one of the trailheads for Mt.Nantai
4.0 of 5 bubblesSept 2021
中禅寺湖畔にある神社で、日光二荒山神社の本宮と奥宮の中間に位置する神社です。それと同時に、男体山の登山口の一つでもあります。 世界遺産として登録されている日光の社寺の一つではありますが、本宮や日光東照宮から離れた場所にあるからか、この神社を訪れる参拝客は比較的少なめです。その代わり登山客が多い印象です。 境内には、鮮やかな朱色で染められた柱や梁を持つ本殿を始め多数の重要文化財がありますが、散策する限りでは、境内の広さを含め一般的な神社と大差ありません。一方で本殿にかなり近い場所に駐車場が設置されているため、車を利用して神社を訪れる人も多いのが特徴です。一部未舗装の道もあるため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方は少し利用しづらいと感じるかもしれません。 この神社から男体山へ登る場合、神社の受付で登山計画を提出する必要がありますが、受付は午前中のみであることに注意が必要です(往復に約6時間を要し、午後に登り始めると下山が夜になり危険を伴うため)。 This shrine is located on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, and is middle point between the main shrine and the inner shrine of Nikko Futarasan Shrine. At the same time, it's also one of the trailheads for Mt.Nantai. Although it's one of the shrines and temples in Nikko registered as a World Heritage Site, the number of visitors to this shrine is relatively small, probably because it's located far from the main shrine of Nikko Futarasan Shrine and Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Instead, I have the impression that there are many climbers. There are many important cultural assets in the precincts, including the main hall with its pillars and beams dyed in bright vermillion, but as far as a stroll around the shrine is concerned, it's not much different from an ordinary shrine, including the size of the precincts. On the other hand, there is a parking lot located quite close to the main shrine, so many people use their cars to visit the shrine. Some of the roads are unpaved, so people with disabilities such as wheelchairs may find it a little difficult to use. If you want to climb Mt.Nantai from this shrine, you need to submit your climbing plan at the reception desk of the shrine, but please note that the reception desk is only open in the morning (it takes about 6 hours to go there and back, and if you start climbing in the afternoon, it will be dangerous to descend at night).

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Kurt I
Edmonton, Canada101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
Just got back from Japan and I was lucky enough to go to the Nikko Jinja. This is a large shrine built in the 1600's in honor of the Shogun. It is a sprawling structure with incredible details every where you look. Walk the entire area and bring your camera for some great pics. The main gate is incredible to see. Unfortunately for me it was getting refurbished so I could not see it in its total splendor. You will not be disappointed. Give yourself a half day for the shrine and then drive down to the waterfall which is in the same region. I wouldn't waste your money on the elevator ride down to the base of the waterfall because you get pretty good views from the top. If you want some additional pics then maybe the extra Yen is worth it to you. Also, make sure you stop in town to get some pics of the red bridge, beautiful!
Written 1 December 2016
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Lynkster
Australia248 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
We wandered around the fog-shrouded area of Chuzenji with no plan, and came across this temple which seems to be in the middle of preparations for a festival. This temple, one of three Futarasan shrines honouring the gods of the three sacred mountains in the area, is also the entrance to a walking track up to the summit of Mt Nantai, about 2500m up. While the track itself winds its way through an atmospheric, ancient, moss covered pine forest, the temple complex itself is not very remarkable and is definitely overshadowed by the more famous Nikko temple complex. Other than festivals and mountain climbing, there isn't much reason to visit this particular shrine.
Written 31 January 2012
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan5,159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
中禅寺湖畔にある神社で、日光二荒山神社の本宮と奥宮の中間に位置する神社です。それと同時に、男体山の登山口の一つでもあります。
世界遺産として登録されている日光の社寺の一つではありますが、本宮や日光東照宮から離れた場所にあるからか、この神社を訪れる参拝客は比較的少なめです。その代わり登山客が多い印象です。
境内には、鮮やかな朱色で染められた柱や梁を持つ本殿を始め多数の重要文化財がありますが、散策する限りでは、境内の広さを含め一般的な神社と大差ありません。一方で本殿にかなり近い場所に駐車場が設置されているため、車を利用して神社を訪れる人も多いのが特徴です。一部未舗装の道もあるため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方は少し利用しづらいと感じるかもしれません。
この神社から男体山へ登る場合、神社の受付で登山計画を提出する必要がありますが、受付は午前中のみであることに注意が必要です(往復に約6時間を要し、午後に登り始めると下山が夜になり危険を伴うため)。

This shrine is located on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, and is middle point between the main shrine and the inner shrine of Nikko Futarasan Shrine. At the same time, it's also one of the trailheads for Mt.Nantai.
Although it's one of the shrines and temples in Nikko registered as a World Heritage Site, the number of visitors to this shrine is relatively small, probably because it's located far from the main shrine of Nikko Futarasan Shrine and Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Instead, I have the impression that there are many climbers.
There are many important cultural assets in the precincts, including the main hall with its pillars and beams dyed in bright vermillion, but as far as a stroll around the shrine is concerned, it's not much different from an ordinary shrine, including the size of the precincts. On the other hand, there is a parking lot located quite close to the main shrine, so many people use their cars to visit the shrine. Some of the roads are unpaved, so people with disabilities such as wheelchairs may find it a little difficult to use.
If you want to climb Mt.Nantai from this shrine, you need to submit your climbing plan at the reception desk of the shrine, but please note that the reception desk is only open in the morning (it takes about 6 hours to go there and back, and if you start climbing in the afternoon, it will be dangerous to descend at night).
Written 13 October 2021
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The shrine is quite lovely. But I think I was shrined out by the time I got here. It's surrounded by some pretty ordinary buildings, thus reducing its charm somewhat.
Written 6 February 2020
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Walk as much as you can to explore and enjoy the details of Futarasan Complex.
This shrine in particular is very well preserved!
Written 17 December 2019
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A large shrine within the Futarasan Complex and is a must since you are there, this whole mountain is covered with temple and shrines everywhere, this has a very impressive gate.
Written 25 November 2019
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Chris S
Bowen, Australia26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Attention to detail in the architecture is amazing and the buildings are truly beautiful. Be prepared for some stairs though and not much is wheelie friendly.
Written 14 May 2019
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Moxxxxx
Singapore, Singapore171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Nice place to walk around and it’s a short climb up from the red bridge. Roads leading the shrine may not be opened for vehicles.

Highly recommended. Allocate at least 2 hours to walk, take pictures and appreciate the site.
Written 1 May 2019
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Although the webpage of Rinnouji writes that Futarasan-jinja was founded by the high Buddhist priest Shoudou in the 8th century, I understand that relics discovered on Mount Nantai (Nantaizan) suggest a much earlier existence of worshipping the mountain as a deity. Futarasan-jinja is composed of three shrines, the Gohonsha (in Nikko City and adjacent to Toushouguu/Rinnouji), Chuuguushi (by Lake Chuuzenji) and Okumiya (on top of Mount Nantai). Travelers visit the Gohonsha next to Toushouguu but much less to the other two shrines. A lot of the reviews here seem more related to the Gohonsha and not Chuuguushi. I myself need to confess this was the first time to visit Chuuguushi Shrine on the north east bank of Lake Chuuzenji, at an altitude of 1,269 meters which is about 600 meters higher than the Toushouguu/Gohonsha area. I understand this shrine is called Chuuguushi (middle shrine) because it is in the middle of the Gohonsha and Okumiya, and founded for those that could not go up to Okumiya on top of Mount Bandai at the altitude of over 2,400 meters. Once you go through the entrance gate, you reach the Haiden (prayer building) where you pray to the Honden (main shrine) behind. The description says the shrine was constructed in 1701, same year as the Haiden. Mount Bandai is directly north of the two buildings. From the right of the Haiden, you can see the Honden from the east side. Also there is the entrance of the climb route to Okumiya and Mount Nantai. Although this shrine is outside the World Heritage designation, I thought it gives us a good feel of the ancient belief of mountain worship.
Written 27 December 2018
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RobertKona
Kailua-Kona, HI48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
This area is in the Nikko World Heritage Site and composed of many temples and shrines like you never seen before. Amazing how they built this in the mountains. Loads of tourist on bus day trips from Tokyo. Be prepared to walk and some areas very steep. You can spend at minimum 1/2 day looking at all the temples the first built in the 1600's.
Written 30 November 2018
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