One of the best known pagodas from Japan is the five-storied pagoda located at the entrance of the Tōshōgū Shrine from Nikkō. The shrine was established in 1617 and the pagoda was built 33 years later as a donation of Tadakatsu Sakai, the governor of the city Obama (Fukui prefecture). However, the first pagoda burned in 1815 and the one we see today was rebuilt in 1818 by one of Tadakatsu Sakai’s descendants.
With a height of 36 meters, the pagoda has no floors inside, having a pillar suspended from the 4th floor to 10 centimeters above the ground, an original anti-earthquake technique.
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