Shrine where Ieyasu Tokugawa sleeps - 📍Kunozan Toshogu, Shizuoka
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Kunozan Toshogu is the first shrine to enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu in Shizuoka. The main shrine of Gongen Zukuri is designated as a Japanese national treasure.
There are two ways to worship: one is to climb the 1159 steps of Omotesando from the bottom of Kuno mountain, and the other is to reach it by ropeway from Nihondaira(the other side of the mountain). Of course, there was no ropeway in the past, so people climbed the winding road which has 17 turns and 1159 stairs from the stone torii gate at the bottom of the mountain to the main shrine, while saying "Ichi(1)ichi(1)go(5)ku(9)ro-san".
Road to the top
This year (2022) is the year of the Tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. Ieyasu was actually born in 1542, the year of the ‘Water’ Tiger (called Mizuenotora).
This year marks the 480th anniversary of the birth of Ieyasu, the 40th Water Tiger, and the 8th Kanreki(60th birthday), a very auspicious milestone year.
Ieyasu spent his childhood in Shizuoka and was called Takechiyo at that time. Therefore, he has a very strong relationship with bamboo(Take) and tiger(Tora), so this year you can get special goshuin stamps decorated with bamboo and a tiger!