When in Nikko, you have to visit the most famous of all the sites there, the Toshogu shrine. Built by the Tokugawa Emporer and one of the most lavishly decorated shrines in all of Japan. In fact it is totally over the top, being almost all made of lacquer and with gold highlights. Good tsate was left at the gate when they built this place, but it is very impressive, if only for its scale. You can easily find photos of the main shrine so I spent my time looking for some of the dtails and trying to escape the hordes of tourists that crawl over the place.

Once again I brought along my new Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras, and thye did a wonderful job. My back was very grateful for the light weight of the cameras.


The attention to detail of this place is amazing. This is a simple door on one of the smaller shrines in the complex. Fuji X-E1 with 35mm F1.4 lens.


These slip on shoes are standard wear for temple staff. Fuji X-Pro1 with 23mm F1.4 lens.


Obvously the tree is flammable. Fuji X-E1 with 35mm F1.4 lens.


Japanese have an obsession with umbrellas. Even the slightest hint of rain and out they come. Fuji X-E1 with 23mm F1.4 lens


Entrance to the Tokugawa Tomb. Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm F1.4 lens


These lamps are everywhere. Fuji X-E1 with 23mm F1.4 lens


Do not pass. Fuji X-E1 with 23m F1.4 lens


Post box inside the temple. Fuji X-E1 with 23mm F1.4

© David Runacres 2014