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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. Plan to visit Rinno-ji and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nikko attractions using our Nikko trip tool .
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  • September 30, 2017
    Climbing many flights of stairs, you are confronted with another massive gate and temple/mausoleum. More intricate carvings amid gorgeous forest. I personally don't think the amount of steps you have ...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Is under renovation and is usually seen above the roof cannot be seen. There is a model of the five pillars in the middle of the aisle and craftsmanship can be glimpsed. You can also write to the copper roof with donated 2,000 yen.
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  • September 27, 2017
    I think it is great, cannot be under renovation for the roof, usually seen watching from above. But up the stairs up to the 7th floor pretty hard.
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  • April 28, 2017
    Under maintenance, really not much to see besides the three huge golden Buddahs. I suggest visitors pass on this until reconstruction work is complete.
  • December 11, 2016
    Difficult to find if you can't read Japanese. It was mostly being renovated when we were there in May, so we didn't actually go inside.
  • August 25, 2016
    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.
  • July 26, 2015
    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.
  • June 25, 2016
    As of June 2016, still completely enclosed in a rigid container building.

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