Kunozan Toshogu

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Kunozan Toshogu (久能山東照宮) is one of the main feature of Shizuoka. It is the shrine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the greatest Shogun in Japan. It is the shrine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the greatest Shogun in Japan. Ieyasu finished Sengoku period (14th to 16th century) and established Edo Government. Edo government brought a peace over 260 years in Japan. Toshogu was established in 1616 as the grave of Ieyasu. Ieyasu was buried Kunosan and moved to Nikko later. There are many historical important buildings including the National Treasure. Shaden, the main building, was constructed by 2nd Shogun, Hidetada.

Visitor's Info.
There is parking and restroom.
Admission: 500 yen for adult, 200 yen for kids. There is a group discount.
The ropeway is available. 1000 yen for a round trip.

0. at Shizuoka Station.
1. use Local bus to Hinondaira.
2. use ropeway to Toshogu.
1. use local bus to Kunosanshita
2. walk up 1159 stairs.

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Kunozan Toshogu

Enshrines: Toshoko, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Kunozan Toshogu enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of Tokugawa. He finished the Sengoku period and took over Japan. He brought the peace and stability of Japan for over 260 years. Tokugawa government is the only government that had no war including civil war for over 260 years in the history of human kinds. After the retirement of Shogun, Ieyasu lived at Sumpu, current Shizuoka. He died in April 17, 1616 (age 75) right after the siege of Osaka.

At the farewell note, Ieyasu wished buried at Kunozan first and moved to Nikko. His son, Hidetada, built both Nikko and Kunosan Toshogu after the death of Ieyasu. Because Kunozan Toshogu was established by the most powerful person for the former most power person, the buildings were the best structures and art at that time. The main building is registered as the national treasure of Japan. It is Gongen style building that was designed and constructed by Nakai Masakiyo, who designed Nagoya castle, Ninna Temple and Nijo castle. All of his works are registered as the national treasure.

-Stone Stairs-
There are 1159 steps. It has a great view of Suruga Bay.

-Romon Gate-
Constructed in 1617.

Drum Tower.

-Hie Shrine-

National Treasure of Japan. It remains the complete original structure for over 400 years. This building one of the best building in Japan. 2nd Shogun constructed for his father with the best technology and art. All the carving, painting structures were designed by the best artist at that time.

-The Grave of Ieyasu-
Ieyasu was buried here first. The grave is the original construction built by Iemitsu. It face west to watch the western Daimyo.

Horse of Ieyasu was buried here.

-Handprint of Ieyasu-
When he was 38 years old.

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