Nikko's Venerable Futara-san Shrine

An ancient place of worship at the base of Mt. Nantai

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

For thousands of years, the Japanese have worshiped high mountains as the dwelling place of the gods, knowing that from them came clouds, rain, snow and thunder. Futara was an early name of Mt. Nantai, one of Japan's most sacred mountains. Established in the year 767, Futara-san Shrine is quiet and lovely, sitting just in front of Lake Chuzen-ji, and at the base of Mt. Nantai. Many local gods are enshrined here. Behind the shrine is the great mountain itself.

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Larry Knipfing

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Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: