Colors of Nikko National Park

Japan's most lavishly decorated temples & shrines

By Elena Lisina   Sep 3, 2016 - 1 min read

In Japan, temples and shrines are usually moderate in colors and decorations. Mostly, you can meet dark-brown or red-colored "Otera" (temple) or "Jinja" (shrine) with golden decorations. But, the Nikko National Park complex fascinated me with its multi-colored paintings and intricate carvings. I discovered them one by one and got more and more excited. I believe it is the best place in Japan to see the objects of religion gathered in one place! Some of them, such as Toshugu shrine or Tokugawa mausoleum, are quite famous.

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