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Rinno-ji, Nikko

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • This great temple is under construction. Too bad because it seems very nice. We can't follow the stages of the work. Admittedly, a little disappointed.
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  • We took the bus from World Heritage Nikko Station and stood by during stop 82. There are several things to see there Rinno-ji Temple, a Japanese Garden (Shoyoen) and so Toshogu area. All the places you have to pay the entrance fee and there is a possibility of Combi-tickets. Rinno-ji is under restoration and we have built a whole building around. There is possible to see parts of the temple (photography not allowed). There are some very beautiful budda statues on the ground floor and there is a great deal of the traditional lacquer in there. There are various exhibitions-unfortunately there is not else than Japanese lyrics in most places-a little strange when you consider the amount of tourists to the area. On the second floor, we could look at some of the craft techniques used-eg. ingenious ways to collect pieces of wood so they hang together. Great precision required! At 7. PS. peeps to enter on the temple's roof and can watch artisans work with putting the copper plates on around the characteristic round stopler. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
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  • Could not see major refurbishment, so only the Interior of the building. 3 Buddha can worship. They see too many statues and other.
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  • Under maintenance, really not much to see besides the three huge golden Buddahs. I suggest visitors pass on this until reconstruction work is complete.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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