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The three monkeys of Nikkō, who hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil.
Japanese name
Kanji 日光市

Nikkō is a Japanese city, located 140 km north of Tokyo, in the Tochigi Prefecture. It is one of Japan's most important tourist and pilgrimage destinations, with popular hot springs and historic sites. The name "Nikkō" means "sunlight."[1] "Do not say ‘magnificent' until you’ve seen Nikkō,” according to one Japanese saying.[1]

In the Tosho-gu Shrine (Mausoleum) reposes Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868). Emperor Go-Yōzei is also buried in Nikkō.

"The Tosho-gu is famous for its detailed and colourfully painted wooden sculptures. Among them, the three monkeys hiding each respectively their ears, eyes and mouth, representing the Buddhist doctrine "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil""[2]

Shrines and Temples of Nikkō are inscribed on the World Heritage List.

The weather in Nikkō is similar to that of Hokkaido.

See also

Shrine Lion.

External links

The Foggy Temple


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nikkō", Britannica
  2. Nikko 日光市