Taiyuinbyo is one of the two mausoleums in Nikko district, dedicated to the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, the grandson of Ieyasu.
The structures in Taiyuinbyo suggests the influence of the Chinese to Japan. Its construction was supervised by Ietsuna, the fourth shogun and his successor, and was completed on 1653.
The structures in the mausoleum is brightly colored with vermillion and gold, and ornated with beautiful carvings.
Visitors may first head to the Omizuya Water House for purification ritual by rinsing their hands prior to entering the inner grounds.
Arriving to the Nitenmon Gate, or the "Gate of two Gods", you will be welcomed by the colorful statues of Jikokuten and Komokuten, the guards of the entance to the shrine.
Further, the Niomon Gate, an eight-pillar gate will also be seen. This gate houses the statues of Naraen Kongo and Misshaku Kongo, the guards of Taiyuin's entrance.
The main hall (honden) is not accessible to public, although the structure has a beautiful exterior for a nice background photo for postcards. Next to the halls is Tokugawa Iemitsu's mausoleum.
Taiyu-in can be accessed from JR or Tobu Nikko Station, and a bus that unloads at Shinkyo bus stop. Alternatively, it is 29-30 minutes on foot from the station. It is located across Futarasan-jinja.
Rinno-ji, Tosho-gu, Futarasan, and Taiyu-in is situated in the same site, north of the Shin-kyo bridge. The temples and shrines be accessed in a combined ticket worth 1000 yen, except for the Treasure Museums of Rinno-ji and Tosho-gu, and the path leading to the tomb of Ieyasu with the sculpture of the Sleeping Cat (520 yen). However, the combined ticket was suspended due to lack of consensus between the shrines and temples.
Taiyu-in is open 8:00 to 17:00 (April-October) and 8:00-16:00 (November-March). Entrance costs 550 yen, when not included in the combined ticket with the temples near the Shin-kyo Bridge.
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