|Tokyo Ueno Park | Toshogu Shrine|
|Thursday, 27 May 2010 00:00|
Built in 1627 by a warrior named Todo Takatora, this shrine was dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Formerly, it was called Toshosha and renamed to Toshogu in 1645. Toshogu or literally means 'Light of the East' carries a royal title. Over 200 Toshogu shrines were erected nationwide and they pay homage to Ieyasu as deity. In 1651, a major renovation took place yet retained the original form that separates the structures for pilgrims, rituals and main hall.
Entering from the Myojin stone torii, one would be greeted by a Chinese-style gate, followed by several dozens of stone lanterns along the pathway. On the right, there is a good view of Kanei-ji five story pagoda of 17th century which is fenced inside the ground of Ueno Zoo.
Walk towards the shrine, appreciate this historic landmark on Ueno Hill and do not miss the charming sight of 48 bronze lanterns.
Less than 5 minutes walk from Ueno Koen exit at Ueno Station (via JR Yamanote Line, Ginza Line or Hibiya Line) or right next to Ueno Kensei Station.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 20:32|
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