World heritage site finally opens sacred doors to the public for limited period – The Nikko Rinnoji Taiyuin’s Kakuredo is now open!

14.August.2017 | SPOT

World heritage site Nikko Rinnoji Taiyuin Temple has opened its “Kakuredo” for a five-day period from Friday 11th August (national holiday) to Tuesday 15th August. The “Kakuredo” is dedicated to the image of Gautama Buddha and his two attendants. During this period, a cool, evening market called the “Yuusuzumi Marché in Nikkozan Rinnoji” will also be open on the grounds of Sanbutsudo Temple.

 

Up until now, the Kakuredo has never opened its doors to the public. However, as its appearance is completely different to any other temple, the decision was finally made to allow the public to view this hidden treasure for a limited period.

 

The mausoleum (a grand building holding tombs) of the third Shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty (Tokugawa Iemitsu), is located on the same grounds as the Taiyuin. Here, a total of 22 national treasures and cultural assets have been built. To pay respects to the back of the main shrine of the special “Kakuredo” during this limited period event is a very unique experience.

 

“The grave of Tokugawa Iemitsu’s grandfather Tokugawa Ieyasu, (the Nikko Tosho-gu) must not be surpassed” were the instructions given. Therefore, it is decorated with basic tones of gold and black for a calm appearance.

 

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The front shrine, intermediate room and main shrine, which were appointed as national treasures, face the Nikko Tosho-gu. Through this, the respect of Tokugawa Iemitsu towards Tokugawa Ieyasu can be felt. During the limited period Kakuredo event, 1000 limited edition shrine stamps containing the Shogun’s special seal in gold letters will be available – something a collector of shrine stamps cannot resist!

 

Don’t forget – the Yuusuzumi Marché takes place on the premises of Sanbutsudo during this same period! Enjoy Yakisoba, Nikko’s beef, the Japanese natural shaved ice dessert “Kakigori”, Tochigi beer and many other local gourmet foods and drinks to your heart’s content.

 

Please come visit Taiyuin for this fantastic opportunity!

 

■Information

Taiyuin Kakuredou special opening

Limited period:Friday 11th (national holiday ) ~ Tuesday 15th August 2017

Opening hours:17:00~18:30 (19:00 closing time)

Location:Nikkozan Rinnoji Taiyuin

Fee:Taiyuin entry ticket: Adults: ¥550/Elementary/middle school children: ¥250

 

Yuusuzumi Marché in Nikkozan Rinnoji

Limited period:Friday 11th (national holiday ) ~ Tuesday 15th August 2017

Time:12:00 ~ 19:00

Location:Nikkozan Rinnoji Sanbutsudo

※ There is a free shuttle bus service running from Yuusuzumi Marché, Sanbutsudo to the Taiyuin.

(Scheduled shuttle bus service period: 16:30~19:30 from 11th August ~ 15th August)

Official site:http://rinnoji.or.jp/precincts/taiyuin

 

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    Photos: @macchan358

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    Rie has many other examples of popular tourist destinations from around Kyushu on her Instagram page. Be sure to give her a follow if you’re planning a trip to Kyushu yourself!

     

    Photos by Rie

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