Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple

Famous for “Sanbutsudo,” the Largest Wooden Structure on Mt. Nikko

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Temple

Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple is the overarching name of a group of 15 halls, pagodas, and sub-temples. It’s said that Shodo Shonin initially founded the Shihonryuji Temple, which went on to be the first of Nikko’s temples.
“Sanbutsudo” is the largest wooden structure on Mt. Nikko, and it is home to three statues of Buddha: Thousand-Armed Kannon, Amitabha Nyorai, and Batou Kannon.
“Taiyuin” is a dignified building colored gold and black, and it stands proud surrounded by 315 lanterns.
During the spring, visitors can see the beautiful “kongo-zakura,” or Japanese bird cherry trees, which are estimated to be 500 years old, in full bloom. In the fall, you can enjoy beautiful autumn leaves at “Shoyo-en,” a Japanese garden.
Rinnoji Temple is registered as a World Herigage Site as part of “The Shrines and Temples of Nikko.”

Highlights

  • “Sanbutsudo” is the largest wooden structure on Mt. Nikko
  • Enjoy the 500-year-old blooming kongo-zakura in spring, or beautiful autumn leaves in fall at Shoyo-en
  • Registered as a World Heritage Site as part of “The Shrines and Temples of Nikko”

Photos

  • Taiyuin
  • Kongo-zakura

Reviews

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    此地已被登入世界遺產,有著百年悠久歷史
    歷史既有趣又有知識

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Details

Official Name
Rinnoji
Founded
766
Postal Code
321-1431
Address
2300 Sannai, Nikko City, Tochigi
Telephone
0288-54-0531
Admission
Rinnoji Ticket (Sanbutsudo, Taiyuin): 900 yen, elementary and junior high school students 400 yen
Closed
No holidays
Hours
April-October 8:00am-5:00pm
November-March 8:00am-4:00pm
※Reception closes 30 minutes before closing
Access
About 7 minutes by World Heritage sightseeing bus (Tobu bus) from the JR Nikko Line’s Nikko Station or the Tobu Nikko Line’s Tobu Nikko Station to the Shodo shonin zo mae stop, then about 1 minute on foot
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)