Established in the 8th century in dedication to Nikko's mountain gods Mt. Nantai, Mt. Nyoho, and Mt. Taro, Futarasan-jinja Shrine represents the spiritual heart of the area. Although not as grand and ornate as its neighbors Toshogu Shrine and Rinnoji Temple, Futarasan-jinja Shrine boasts the mountains behind it as the main place of worship.
It was Founded in 782 by Shodo Shonin, the Buddhist monk who brought Buddhism to Nikko and who also founded nearby Rinnoji Temple and the sacred red Shinkyo bridge
The shrine keeps two swords that are National treasures of Japan
The shrine is accessible on foot or by bus from Nikko Station
You can walk or take a bus from the train station.
The walk takes about 45 minutes from Nikko Station along pleasant forest-lined roads.
From JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station, take the World Heritage tour bus which stops at the UNESCO Heritage sites. The bus ride takes about 15 minutes to reach Futarasan-jinja Shrine.
The shrine area is free to enter and look around except for a garden containing trees sacred to the shrine.
There are three Futarasan Shrines in Nikko. The one most talked about is the main/lower shrine located near the other Nikko World Heritage sites. The middle shrine is located on the north shore of Lake Chuzenji. The top shrine is located at the peak of Mt. Nantai.