The Kitano shrine is a lovely and peaceful shrine located just north of Nikko’s most popular shrines. This shrine is visited by people who wish for a successful pregnancy. Couples expecting come to the shrine and borrow a Kyousha (usually a part of the Shougi game). After the birth of the baby, they bring back the Kyousha with a new one with the baby’s name, therefore more and more Kyousha accumulate on the shelves of the shrine. The reason behind this is that in the Shougi game the Kyousha can only go forward and therefore symbolizes a safe and easy delivery!
Taiyu-in is the mausoleum of Japan’s third Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu.
The Nikko Toshogu shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu (there are many Toshogu shrines in Japan, all dedicated to him) but Ieyasu’s remains are entombed in Nikko. One of the most popular element of this shrine is perhaps the three wise monkeys’s sculpture which symbolise “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
The Nikko Shinkyo Bridge is located at the entrance of the Shrine and Temple area, it is a very ancient bridge traditionally used by pilgrims to reach the shrines. For a small fee you can walk on the bridge if observing from afar is not satisfying enough.