Attraction 2484 Chugushi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1661, Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine is special ?
Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine is located on the shore of Chuzenji-ko. When the priest Shodo Shonin climbed to the top of Nantai-san in 783, he built a building on this peak, making the deity of the building the mountain itself. Since climbing the mountain was so difficult, he also built Chugushi Shrine and Futarasan-jinja.When the synchretistic worship of Buddhism and Shinto became popular sometime later, there was a spread of the worship of Nikko-san (also called Nantai-san), Nyoho-san and Taro-san in addition to worship at Rinno-ji. The present main shrine was built in 1619 by Tokugawa Hidetada, the second shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. Housed here is a sword inscribed with the name of the famous 14th century swordsmith Tomomitsu of Osafune.
What to explore at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine?
Located by Chuzenji Lake, this shrine is said to be founded in 784 to worship Mt. Nantaisan. The shrine stands between the main shrine of Futarasan-jinja Shrine and Okumiya (rear shrine), located on the top of Mt. Nantaisan. It is said that a yellow bell in this shrine answers to prayers of those who seek a good match, and anyone can toll the ring freely.
2484 Chugushi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1661, Japan
We wandered around the fog-shrouded area of Chuzenji with no plan, and came across this temple which seems to be in the middle of preparations for a festival. This temple, one of three Futarasan shrines honouring the gods of the three sacred mountains in the area, is also the entrance to a walking track up to the summit of Mt Nantai, about 2500m up. While the track itself winds its way through an atmospheric, ancient, moss covered pine forest, the temple complex itself is not very remarkable and is definitely overshadowed by the more famous Nikko temple complex. Other than festivals and mountain climbing, there isn't much reason to visit this particular shrine.