Jokoji Temple has become a family temple (Bodaiji) after moving to this area in1640. This temple enshrined Amida Nyorai (General Savior of Mankaind)
In this tour for beginners, participants walk along the Daiya River that runs through the World-Heritage area, while feeling the wind and sound coming from the mountain stream. You can easily enjoy walking in the nature in the area that is close to the Nikko Station and World-Heritage shrines and temples. In the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, about 70 Jizo Bosatsu statues called “Bake Jizos (disguising jizos)” stand side by side. The mossy statues standing under the green trees have a mysterious aura.
This Temple Bell was dedicated by Genkan in 1459. lt is the oldest and artistically valuable Bell in Nikko. Designated as an Important Cultural Property. The inscription on the Bell says: ’The Present (1438-1497) ’or about Priest Shogen who devoted himself to develop Nikko culturally.
Oya-Jizo-on-kubi (the head of a Parent Jizo) was washed away in the flood of 1902. After the flood, local people discovered the head in a riverbed and enshrined it in Jokoji Temple.
Sugegasa Higiri Jizo is enshrined in the small wooden building. Jizo (Buddhist Guardian Deity) is wearing a Japanese hat (kasa) of sedge (suge). lt is very rare for Jizo to have such a hat on a head. It is believed that if you pray to this Jizo for something you want to be realized for just on certain day, your wish wiII be granted. Many people come to pray for their wishes.
This monument was built by the leader of Boka-tai (a fire brigade) in 1834 for a
memorial service. Boka-tai members came from Hachioji city (Tokyo) to protect Nikko from fire. Boka-tai was called "Nikko Hi-no-Ban".
You can see three Jizo (Buddhist Guradian Deity) in a simple wooden building. The one in the center was built in 1550 and is said to be the oldest stone Buddha in Nikko. This Jizo is called Michibiki Jizo. ’Michibiki’ means ’to lead’ or ’to guide’. People believed that this Jizo will lead a dead person to Buddha’s World. The other two Jizo were called’ Mimi-dare Jizo’ and believed that the two Jizo can heal and cure the ear disease.
Emperor Taisho loved Nikko and stayed in Nikko about 680days from 1896 to 1925. This tanka-poem was compased by Emperor Taisho when he was taking a walk along the Daiya river. The poem is expressing his impression of the spiritual moon night at Daiya river.
Reihi-kaku tower is a small building on a rock. The original tower was built in 1654 by the priest Kokai as an oratory. Priests lit a holy fire in this tower and pray for the world peace. However, the flood of 1902 washed this tower away, and the current building was rebuilt in 1971.
A line of stone statues of Jizo (Buddhist Guardian Deity). There were once 100 stone statues of Jizo including 2 big statues, called ’Oya Jizo’ (Parent Jizo), here, before the flood in 1902. Today you can see 74 statues standing in a line. The statues were carved by the disciples of Archbishop Tenkai (1536-1643).
This scenic area of the Daiya river was formed by the lava from an eruption of Mt.Nantai. It is said that Priest Kokai named this abyss ’Kanman’ because the murmuring of a stream sounds like a recite of the last word of a sutra (Buddha bible), ’Kanman’.
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa was constructed in 1899 for Emperor Taisho (Prince Yoshihito at a time) as a retreat. The size of building is 4500 square meters and has 106 rooms in all. This Villa is highly regarded as a very valuable harmonized architecture of three eras; Edo, Meiji and Taisho.