The Nikko National Park is about 2.5 hours drive north of Tokyo.
One of the most popular shrines in Japan is situated in the Park just
outside the town of Nikko. This is Tosho-gu Shrine.
The entrance to the Shrine is hidden from view in the trees and protected
by a huge Torii gate. Inside the gate is a beautiful five level pagoda.
Apparently it has no foundations and is kept upright by a long suspended
pole that swings like a pendulum restoring equilibrium in the event of
Steps lead from the courtyard up to the Omote-mon gate. This is protected
on either side by Deva gods, painted red and looking very fierce.
Inside the Omote-mon Gate