Written by Shirley T
Sunday, 07 November 2010 00:00
The treasure of the nation, Ueno Toshogu Shrine is a reminder of Tokugawa Shogunate reign during Edo period. Survived through many massive earthquakes, battles of civil war and bombing raids, the wooden shrine of Toshogu miraculously still stands until today. Boasting the architecture of Edo Gongen style, the shrine was elegantly painted, intricately decorated with wood carving and gold leaf.
Built in 1627 by a warrior named Todo Takatora, this shrine was dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Formerly, it was called Toshosha and renamed to Toshogu in 1645. Toshogu or literally means 'Light of the East' is a royal title. Over 200 Toshogu shrines were erected nationwide and they pay homage to Ieyasu as deity. In 1651, a massive renovation took place yet retained the original form that separates the structures for pilgrims, rituals and main hall.
Hidden in the green of Ueno Park adjacent to Ueno Zoo, Ueno Toshugu Shrine welcomes you with a concrete torii. Then, one would be greeted by a Chinese-style gate, followed by more than several dozens of stone lanterns along the pathway. On the right, there is a good view of Kanei-ji Five-story Pagoda of 17th century which is fenced inside the ground of Ueno Zoo.
Walk towards the shrine, appreciate this historic landmark and do not miss the charming sight of 48 bronze
Less than 5 minutes walk from Ueno Koen exit at Ueno Station (via JR Yamanote Line, Ginza Line or Hibiya Line) or right next to Ueno Kensei Station.
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