Rinno-ji Temple
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,961 contributions
Sep 2021
世界遺産『日光の社寺』を構成する寺院の一つ。威風堂々とした佇まいの三仏堂はまさにこの寺の象徴とも言え、東日本最大の木造建築である。
輪王寺自体は奈良時代の僧である勝道上人と言われているが、現在境内にある建築物や仏像等のほとんどは、江戸時代以降のものである。日光東照宮に徳川家康が祀られて縁から、この寺の宝物館等を始め徳川家ゆかりの品々が多数存在する。
日光を代表する社寺の一つということもあり、連日のように観光客が押し寄せるが、日光東照宮と比較すると体感的には少ない。その分、各所をスムーズに拝観することが出来る(それでも休日になれば観光客も非常に多くなるが)。三仏堂の名の由来でもある三体の仏像を始め、圧倒されるほどの大きな仏像や緻密な彫刻の仏像に目を見張るだろう。堂内は写真撮影は禁止されているが、目に焼き付けるには充分な美しさと厳かさを兼ね備えている。
拝観には是非多言語対応のガイドを付けることをお勧めする。日光の成り立ちや建物・仏像の謂れ等を学ぶことが出来るだろう。

This is one of the temples that make up the World Heritage Site "Shrines and Temples of Nikko". The majestic Sanbutsu-do Hall is the symbol of the temple and the largest wooden structure in eastern Japan.
The temple itself is said to have been founded by Shodo Shonin, a monk from the Nara period, but most of the buildings and Buddhist statues in the temple precincts today are to the Edo period or later. Since Ieyasu Tokugawa is enshrined in Nikko Toshogu Shrine, there are many items related to the Tokugawa clan, including the treasure museum of this temple.
As it's one of the representative temples of Nikko, tourists flock to the temple every day, but the number of visitors is less than that of Nikko Toshogu, which makes it possible to visit each part of the temple smoothly (although the number of tourists becomes much larger on holidays). Including the three Buddha statues, the origin of the name "Sanbutsu-do", you will be amazed at the overwhelmingly large and intricately carved Buddha statues. Photography is not allowed in the hall, but it's beautiful and austere enough to capture in your eyes.
It's highly recommended to take a multilingual guide when visiting the temple. You'll be able to learn about the origins of Nikko and the history of the buildings and Buddha statues.
Written October 18, 2021
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia709 contributions
Mar 2021
Rinnoji Temple is a large Buddhist temple complex in central Nikko. Sanbutsudo Hall, the temple’s main building, is one of the largest wooden structures in Nikko, and houses eight-meter-tall gold statues. The temple also includes a treasure house with National Treasure sutras and Buddha statues, as well as the Japanese garden Shoyoen, featuring a placid pond. Outside the Sanbutsudo, the Sorinto pillar stands tall with a height of 13.2m. The pillar was made in 1643 at Shogun Tokugawa Iyemitsu’s request. Well worth the visit.
Written January 6, 2022
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Oscar F
Beijing, China127 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
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, kyoto and osaka you can miss it. If you speak spanish, in asakusa station when you buy the train ticket there is a lady japanese-peruvian in the staff who can help you.
Written April 2, 2017
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Brian5900
California431 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
As other people said, this temple is under renovation with a building covering it. What I couldn't believe is that you still need to buy a ticket to get in. In fact, all the Nikko shrines were so commercialized that you need to pay for everything and they are not cheap! When we were in Kyoto, we also had to pay to visit the temples but they were token fees and the Kyoto shrines/temples were so much more beautiful. I would skip most of the shrines if I were you.
Written May 15, 2017
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Raymond
Melbourne, Australia184 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
This temple is in major renovation therefore you won't be able to see any interesting stuffs besides the renovation, constructions, or this is your first time to see how does temple feel like, or you like to know more about the history or development of the temple. Otherwise, please go directly to Toshogu shrine.
Written August 27, 2015
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Don P
Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
In August 2015 it is under construction you can not really see it. Grounds are nice but recommend you walk on by to the other wonderful shrines.
Written August 15, 2015
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,388 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
This Buddhist temple certainly doesn't deserve only two stars. This is only because it is currently under renovation, and it will remain so for another 5 years.
You can enter the construction site for a small fee (around 300 Yen) if I remember correctly, but there's really nothing to see except work in progress and two Buddhas.
Written April 30, 2015
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melbourneVEG
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
I respectfully disagree with other reviewers comments - seeing the restoration in progress of this temple is fascinating. Where else can you see an ancient temple which has been pulled apart into all it's components - this gives you an appreciation of the workmanship, scale and skill that is normally hidden from view in all the other temples I have seen. Well worth the modest entry price on your way to Toshu Shrine next door.
Written December 26, 2014
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Trav53
Eastbourne158 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Renovation of this World Heritage Site unti 2021 means that there is almost nothing to see apart from two of the 3 famous Buddhas, including the one with the 1000 arms, and some other assorted statuary. It was certainly not worth the 400 Yen admission but I suppose that they need the money to go towards the costs of the renovations!
Written December 1, 2014
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carlwtb
Chicago, IL27 contributions
Nov 2019
Compared to the other shrines at Nikko, this one's a bit underwhelming, though the three Buddha statues are magnificent. The real gem here in my opinion is the Japanese garden attached to the Rennouji treasure house. It's a compact work of art.
Written December 9, 2019
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