Nikko Futarasan Shrine

Nikko Futarasan Shrine

Nikko Futarasan Shrine

Nikko Futarasan Shrine

Nikko Futarasan Shrine

Nikko Futarasan Shrine

Right next to Toshogu Shrine is the older but less famous Futarasan Shrine that is dedicated to the deities of three mountains in the Nikko area. I walked over to Futarasan Shrine right after I finished at Toshogu, following a path lined with stone lanterns. Futarasan is a lot smaller and less ornate than Toshogu but it’s also a lot quieter and it’s got some nice red buildings. In the main hall a priestess was performing a ceremony for a small group of people seated in there. Since I’m not familiar with the strain of Buddhism that’s practiced at Futarasan I don’t know what the ceremony was supposed to represent but it was interesting to watch.

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