Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines — April 13, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Toyotomi Hideyoshi ’s Mausoleum in Kyoto.

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Entrance to the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto.

Entrance to the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Mausoleum of A Warlord:

Toyotomi Hideyoshi and my journey to his mausoleum. Today (Sunday April 10th), I explored a part of Kyoto that has been to my “to see list” for quite some time. So I hiked up to Amidagamine Mountain (阿弥陀ヶ峰) to visit the mausoleum of famous warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), who unified Japan in the 16th century. The sakura season hath already peaked, but still there where some blossoms to spot amidst the brown leaves. Since I went on a Sunday, to my surprise, may families where BBQ at the entrance of the mausoleum.

Make sure you have what it takes:

Last steps to the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto. 173 steps to go.

Last steps to the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto. 173 steps to go.

There are more that 500 steps to the summit of Amidagamine Mountain (阿弥陀ヶ峰) and the Mausoleum of Warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊国廟) in Kyoto. But the surroundings are sure worth the effort. Singing birds, buzzing mosquitos make it all worth it. There is nothing spectacular about the place, just the tomb, and a large one at that, of one of Japans most famous warlords.

From Sign Board:

This is the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan. Hideyoshi died on August 18, 1598, in Fushimi Momoyama castle. He died at the age of 63 and was buried here on the Amidagamine Mountain (阿弥陀ヶ峰). On April 18th of the following year, a gigantic shrine named Toyokuni-no-yashiro was built in his memory on the hillside.
A magnificent festival known as the Hokoku matsuri was observed ate the shrine annually on the 18th of April and August until 1615, when the Toyotomi family was removed from power. At that time, the Edo Shogunate ruled that the shrine be destroyed. From then on not many people dared to pay a visit to the tomb of Hideyoshi.
On the 300th anniversary of Hideyoshi’s death in 1898, the mausoleum was restored through donations of local people. A huge five-piece stone pagoda was erected on top of his tomb.
In addition, the Toyokuni-no-yashiro was rebuilt in Hideyoshi’s memory in 1880. The rebuilt shrine is named Toyokuni shrine, and located at the site where a giant Buddha image once stood at the Hōkō-ji (方広寺). Hideyoshi is credited with erecting the grotesque statue.  See all pictures here!

Mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto.

Mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, A Biography:

Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉, February 2, 1536, or March 26, 1537 – September 18, 1598) was a preeminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period (戦国時代) who is regarded as Japan’s second “great unifier”. He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長), and brought an end to the Warring States period. The period of his rule is often called the Momoyama period (安土桃山時代), named after Hideyoshi’s castle. After his death, his young son Hideyori was displaced by Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Hideyoshi is noted for a number of cultural legacies, including the restriction that only members of the samurai class could bear arms. He financed the construction, restoration and rebuilding of many temples standing today in Kyoto. Hideyoshi played an important role in the history of Christianity in Japan when he ordered the execution by crucifixion of twenty-six Christians. (courtesy Wikipedia, read more here)

The family crest ((紋) of the Toyotomi clan (豊臣氏) on the way to the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto.

The family crest ((紋) of the Toyotomi clan (豊臣氏) on the way to the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan in Kyoto.


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