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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Mt. Kuno (Kunozan) Toshogu Shrine (Shizuoka City)

Mt. Kuno Toshogu Shrine or Kuno-zan Toshogu Shrine is located on Mt. Kuno in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

This shrine is reachable first by a bus ride to Nihondaira Bus Stop from the JR Shizuoka Station.  From Nihondaira bus stop, you need to take the ropeway to get to the top of the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. 

You can also get to the Shrine by by walk, climbing about 1159 stone steps from the foothill of the Mt. Kuno. 

Kuno-zan Toshogu is dedicated to the deified spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the greatest shogun in Japanese history.  It was built in 1617 by the second shogun, Hidetada, the third son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, here on Mt. Kuno.

Kunozan Toshogu Shrine Seal

There are thirteen structures within the sacred grounds.  All of them are the original structures, and have been designated as important cultural properties by the Japanese Government.

Here is a video of the Mt. Kuno Toshogu Shrine:

It is said that as you climb up the 1159 steps leading to the sacred grounds, you are purified by the magical power.  In the sacred grounds, as many people have discovered, you can meet the spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

The shrine was originally built in the mixed style of Shintoism and Buddhism.  But after the shogunate government came to its end, the new government led by the emperor, ordered the separation of the two religions, and some Buddhist style structures were removed or remodeled.  The remnants of the Buddhist style can still be seen in various locations.

The same fundamental architectural style was copied by the Nikko Toshogu shrine which was built by the third shogun in 1636.  Tens of other Toshogu shrines using the same architectural style were built by the local feudal lords all over Japan.

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