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Tokugawa Mausoleum

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Tokugawa Mausoleum

There were many Mausoleums built for the Tokugawa clan, but what makes this one on Mount Koya special is its location. Built in 1643 by Tokugawa Iemitsu for his father and grandfather in order to be closer to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum, which people believe would bring a stronger peace to the dead. The completed buildings took 20 years to build and during the early Edo period, which was when the Tokugawa family was still economically strong, the mausoleums was lavishly built with intricate carvings and gold. There are two buildings in the mausoleum, where Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hidetada, the first two shogun of the Edo Period, are enshrined. The building on the right houses Ieyasu while the other enshrines Hidetada. In Japan there are numerous mausoleums that were built for the Tokugawa Clan, but another famous one is Nikko’s Toshogu Shrine.