[TOCHIGI] Nikko Toshogu Shrine, one of Japan’s most lavish shrines, enables master craftsmen to demonstrate the pride and beauty of their skills
Yomeimon Gate—a symbol of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which is said to be one of Japan’s most lavish shrines—is also called Higurashimon Gate (the “timeless gate”). This is because the gate’s decorations are said to be so gorgeous that you can stare at them all day without ever getting tired of them. Several years ago, the shrine underwent a major restoration during which craftsmen well-versed in the techniques used to create the shrine removed around 500 of its carvings and then repaired them, infusing them with vivid new life. These techniques live on in the area surrounding Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the other Shrines and Temples of Nikko, all of which have been designated as a World Heritage Site. The Nikko woodcarvings represent one example of such techniques, and they feature distinctive curves carved using a unique type of carving knife, a “hikkaki-tou.” Visitors are given the opportunity not only to check out “Nikko woodcarving” but also to experience it for themselves.
If you visit Toshogu Shrine after experiencing the ancient techniques used to build it, we’re sure you’ll see it in a new light.Visit Tochigi (Multilingual Tochigi Prefecture Tourist Information Website) Tochigi Traditional Crafts Nikko-bori (Nikko woodcarving) Visit Tochigi (Multilingual Tochigi Prefecture Tourist Information Website) Nikko Toshogu Shrine Page Visit Tochigi (Multilingual Tochigi Prefecture Tourist Information Website) mekke Nikko Kyodo Center―Nikko-nori Wood Carving experience― Page Visit Tochigi (Multilingual Tochigi Prefecture Tourist Information Website) Kanuma City Local History Exhibition and Reference Room Page