Rinnoji Temple

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Among Nikko’s many world-renowned temples, stands the vibrantly colored Rinnoji (輪王寺), which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Shodo Shonin, a Buddhist monk credited for introducing Buddhism to Nikko, founded the temple in the eight century. Lush forests and the mountainous landscapes of Mount Nantai, Nyoho, and Taro surround the collection of buildings, creating an atmosphere of sacred solitude. Many notable Buddhist figures were drawn to the temple’s pious isolation, including Kukai, the founder of the Shingon School of Buddhism, and Enjin, a priest of the Tendai School of Buddhism.


The Iemitsu Mausoleum (Taiyuin) may be closed to entry on the following dates: April 18th– 20th, May 17th, July 14th-15th.

Admission: 400 yen (Sanbutsudo only) / 900 yen (Sanbutsudo + Taiyuin) / 300 yen (Treasure House + Shoyo-en)



2300 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1431, Japan (Directions)


8:00 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 8:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 8:00 - 17:00
Thursday 8:00 - 17:00
Friday 8:00 - 17:00
Saturday 8:00 - 17:00
Sunday 8:00 - 17:00
Holidays 8:00 - 17:00

Phone Number

+81 288-54-0531

What's unique

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


Rinnoji is located about half way between Nikko's Shinkyo Bridge and Toshogu Shrine. It's a 10 min bus ride or 30-40 min walk from Nikko Station (buses are included in the Nikko Pass).

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