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A Rinno-ji Temple Cemetery in Nikko

Ancient resting place for monks near Narabi Jizo

Just next to the Narabi Jizo Statues area, there are steps that lead up to a cemetery exclusively for the monks that have died over the centuries while serving Rinno-ji Temple in Nikko. The temple’s history goes all the way back to 766 A.D., and its more recent history to the days when Toshogu Shrine was built and flourished in the early to mid 1600s. There are hundreds of gravestones here, some of them quite old. Some of the statues are truly beautiful. It is a tranquil and peaceful location, far from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Nikko.

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