Unchanged for four centuries, a beautiful and decadent shrine
This beautiful shrine is for giving worship to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo period.
There are many Toshogu shrines in Japan, but the very first one was built here at Kunozan.
The main shrine building includes the haiden, or front shrine, and honden, inner sanctuary, which are separated by the ishi-no-ma, where priests conduct various ceremonies. The main shrine was built 400 years ago, and designated a National Treasure in 2010. The shrine complex is historically invaluable and has remained in excellent condition from the time of its founding.
Tokugawa Ieyasu laid the foundation for the Edo period, a time of peace that lasted nearly 300 years. He passed away at the age of 75, an astounding longevity for his time. That is why Kunozan Toshogu has come to be a symbol of health, safety and recovery from illness.
The shrine is located on the summit of Kunozan, a mountain 270 meters above sea level famous for its magnificent scenery.
You can get to the shrine in just five minutes by using the gondola from the top of Nihondaira. Alternatively, you can climb the 1,159-step stone staircase leading up from the Kuno coastline on the opposite side. These stairs were the shrine's original gateway.