Depending on where you begin, a cedar-lined 1.7 km path (2,446 steps to be precise) leads either to the main shrine (三神合祭殿) at the summit, or to Gojunoto, a five-story pagoda that is registered as a national treasure.
Officially called Risshakuji (temple of standing stones), the training ground for monks of the Tendai sect was founded here over eleven centuries ago.
Being exposed to Buddhism in Japan has certainly opened my eyes to just how religiously observant Japanese people actually are.
Did you know the differences between a shrine and a temple in Japan? There are some unique observable feature that can help you find the differences.
The summer may be the best time to hike in the area and the autumn may be its' most famed time for viewing, but winter in Oku-Nikko has a special feel to it – and the total lack of tourists makes that even better.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto is a must-see for anyone visiting Japan, but there exists other beautiful temples the Higashiyama area nearby.