29. Futarasan 二荒山神社 Futarasan Shrine is much older than its more lavish neighbor, Toshogu Shrine. Futarasan was founded in 782 by Shodo Shonin, the Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko and also founded nearby Rinnoji Temple. This is an unusual juxtaposition of Shinto and Buddhism, particularly since they were both founded by a Buddhist monk - presumably to keep his options open. At the back of the shrine there is a spring of pure holy water, so pure that it is used for making sake.
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