Gate to the Shogun's Shrine ~ Buildings of Japan

Looking up at the gate of Rokusho Shrine, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s family shrine where only a few were allowed to enter in pre-modern times.


This was a very special place back in the day. This was the family shrine of the Matsudaira family when Ieyasu was born, and because of that it was considered sacred after he took over the country and became shogun. It protected and funded by the Tokugawa bakufu during the Edo Era. Only the most powerful daimyo (regional lords) were allowed to climb those steps and enter the main shrine.The less powerful lords were still expected to stop here and offer prayers, but they had to do it from the foot of those stairs.


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