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Rinno-ji, Nikko

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Explore the peaceful spiritual complex of Rinno-ji, built in 766 by a Buddhist monk deep in the mountains. Examine the intricate, ornate structure of the 15 remaining buildings, which hold many interesting artifacts. In the Three Buddha Hall, you'll find statues of Amida, Kannon with a thousand arms, and Kannon with a horse's head. Perhaps the biggest highlights are the serene Japanese gardens: take a seat among the manicured trees and precisely placed stones, and enjoy a moment of quiet reflection. To visit Rinno-ji and other attractions in Nikko, use our Nikko vacation planner.
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  • The main building was under renovation but I was amazed that they had a whole building to cover the temple that is under construction. The rest of the place are also nice to visit. I'm not a big fan o...  more »
  • Nikko is a nice small city. Nice for a long day walk. The temple is nice but was under construction. Is you have enough time, totally worth it. if you need more time in the big cities like tokyo, kyot...  more »
  • 日光世界文化遺產一般說是二寺一社,但是應該包含東照宮,二荒山神社,大猷院與輪王寺,只是輪王寺的靈堂正在整修,遊客只能參觀整修中的狀況。  more »
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  • The entrance costs about 500yens, sadly the temple was being renovated until 2020 for the next Olympics but visiting it is still worth it ! Beware of the stairs.
  • Under renovation. June 2015. Still a lot to see and interesting to vitness how renovation is performed. Lots of other temples in the area as well.
  • As of June 2016, still completely enclosed in a rigid container building.
  • As of January 2013, the main temple is covered in a container building, and the main internal areas are hidden while they undergo conservation work. Still some treasures to be seen on the walk round, but if this is on your "must see" list, wait till renovations are complete. Having said that, there is still a huge amount to see in the complex as a whole.
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