Ancestor of Japanese respected high mountains
because they believed that the mountains handle various phenomena
such as clouds, rain, snow and thunder. These phenomena give water
for people's lives. They believed that God was there. This is the
beginning of mountainous worship.
spiritual mountain (today's Mt. Nantai) has been respected since
established Shihonryuji Temple on the north side of river of Daiya
more than 1200 years ago. Also, he built Hongu Shrine in 790. This
area is the birthplace of Futarasan Shrine. Shoto trained himself
strictly and succeeded to climb up to Mt. Nantai. He made a small
shrine on the top of Mt. Nantai in 782. This is Oku-miya Shrine.
years later, Priest Shoto built Chugushi Shrine on the north side
of Lake Chuzenji. Basic figure of Nikko was made and it remains
Shrine has been respected as the best shrine of Shimotsuke (former
Tochigi prefecture) for a long time. In addition, Shogunate and
powerful clan worshipped as a guardian of Kanto region since Kamakura
shogunate contributed its shrines and territory to Futarasan Shrine
in 1617 when Toshgu Shrine was established.
Although, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines were separated by
the law in 1872, Futarasan Shrine was recognized as a national official
shrine later. General publics keep visiting Futarasan Shrine until