lantern in NIkko Toshogu

Introduction

In this issue, I will introduce one of Japan's world heritage sites, Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Nikko is a popular day trip destination as it is less than 2 hours away from Tokyo. You can get there for about 3,000 yen one way. There are also many old Japanese buildings preserved in the city. You should definitely visit there when you arrive in Japan.

Story

Hi, Iroha. We have the day off from school today, so can we go somewhere else?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

All right. Why don't we go out Nikko?

Nikko? Where is it?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Nikko is in Tochigi Prefecture, just north of Tokyo.
Let's get away from it once in a while.

Sounds great. I'm looking forward to enjoying my vacation.
By the way, what's in Nikko?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes. Nikko is home to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. It's registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a famous tourist attraction in Japan.

Who is Tokugawa Ieyasu?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Tokugawa Ieyasu is the man who unified Japan. He is very famous historically.

Tokugawa Ieyasu
Tokugawa Ieyasu

Wow. I didn't know his grave is there. Let's go there right away! But how do I get there?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

You can go to Nikko from Asakusa in Tokyo by one line. It takes about one and a half hours. I think the fare is 2800 yen.

A round trip is 6000 yen. It is a little expensive.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

But I think it's worth it to go beyond that.

Really? I believe you.
Well, let's get to it.

Tina
Tina
Tobu Nikko station
Tobu Nikko station
landscape in Nikko
landscape in Nikko
Iroha
Iroha

This is Nikko station.

We are in the countryside.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

I feel so good!!
It is famous for its rich nature and historical architecture.

I see. Let's go to Nikko Toshogu Shrine right away!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

It's only a 10-minute bus ride from here!

How much does Nikko Toshogu cost to get in?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yeah. Adults are 1,300 yen. Kids are 450 yen.

Will they treat me as a child?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

I think it's impossible

Ugh.
I'll pay 1300 yen.

Tina
Tina
entrance of Nikko Toshogu
entrance of Nikko Toshogu
Iroha
Iroha

It looks like this is the entrance.

It's pretty spacious inside.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

All the buildings around here are registered as a world heritage site.

Hmmm. Look at that! It's a very tall building.

Tina
Tina
five-story tower
five-story tower(五重塔)
Iroha
Iroha

It's a five-story tower, built in 1650 and over 30 meters high.
Actually, it was burned down by lightning in 1815, and was rebuilt in 1818.

It has a very long history.
It's a good thing it didn't fall down for such a long time.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

The five-story tower has a single core in it and is resistant to earthquakes.
I heard that its earthquake resistance technology is also used in Tokyo's Sky Tree.

That's amazing.
What is that thing? It's got a picture of a cat on it!

Tina
Tina
sleeping cat
sleeping cat
Iroha
Iroha

That's a sleeping cat.
Actually, it's not sleeping. It pretends to be asleep so that it can pounce on its enemies at any time, catching them off guard.

Eww! It is a sly one, isn't it?

Tina
Tina

Is that a monkey?

Tina
Tina
three monkeys
three monkeys
Iroha
Iroha

Yeah. That's three monkeys. See how they're all in different poses?

The left monkey is covering his ears. The monkey in the middle appears to have covered his mouth and the one on the right appears to have covered his eyes.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes, yes. In Japan, there is a lesson of "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil", which means to give only good things to young children. If they acquire good things, they will be able to make correct judgments and act against bad things. That's what this sculpture represents. That's what this sculpture represents.

There's an interesting lesson to be learned in Japan.
When I was walking, I noticed that there are many things on the street that look like they have history.
For example, these lanterns are very Japanese.

Tina
Tina
Lanterns in Nikko
Lanterns in Nikko
Lanterns in Nikko
Lanterns in Nikko
Iroha
Iroha

I think so. I'm glad you were pleased with the lanterns.

What else is there in Nikko besides Nikko Toshogu?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

There's a lake nearby that's famous for camping.

I don't have a camping kit.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

I have it at my home, so we'll go there next time!

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