Colors of Nikko National Park

Japan's most lavishly decorated temples & shrines

By Elena Lisina    - 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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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!