Futarasan-jinja Shrine 日光二荒山神社
A shrine to the sacred mountains
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.
- The spectacular mausoleum, Toshogu Shrine next door
- Nearby Rinnoji Temple
- The towering cedar trees leading to the shrine complex
It was founded in 782 by Shodo Shonin, the Buddhist monk who brought Buddhism to Nikko and who founded nearby Rinnoji Temple and the sacred red Shinkyo bridge
The shrine keeps two swords that are national treasures of Japan
How to Get There
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 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.
About the shrine
The shrine area is free to enter and look around except for a garden containing trees sacred to the shrine.