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Nikkō Tōshō-gū, Nikko

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Pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Nikkō Tōshō-gū, a Shinto temple that contains the burial place of Tokugawa Iyeasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Established in 1617, the shrine complex features lavish decorations, intricate woodcarvings, and elaborate pagodas. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the picturesque forest setting when roaming the complex, made up out of a number of buildings adorned with gold leaf and vibrant paint. Before you head to Nikko, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Nikko vacation trip planner, to make sure you see all that Nikko has to offer, including Nikkō Tōshō-gū.
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  • Happens to be the day of setsubun Festival at, despite the midweek, there were a lot of people! I arrived early, so slowly during their visit too!
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  • Easily reach via train to this site, starting from Tokyo. We love to visit this place, where time has stopped.
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  • Now watching in renovations and no staff, but was more replicas (three wise monkeys), while listening to the Tourist Association for assistance. Go take a look at snow day there is air
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  • Cannot miss this if you are in Nikko Beautifully restored mausoleums dedicated to the first Togugawa Shogun. Many temples in a beautiful setting full of centuries old trees are spread over a large area on gentle sloped hills. Big and beautiful stone gate at the entrance. Nice bronze and stone lanterns. If you go from Tokyo, the best way is to take the nikko train which stops at Nikko Train Station. From there you can walk up to to the toshogu (1.8km, 30minutes) or take a city bus. If by bus, the best is to buy a day pass which permis you to go around to many places inside this quaint town. There a beautiful red bridge right on the left of the road when you get out of the bus stop. Beware that to be on the bridge for picture, you have to pay 300 yen admission. And the bridge goes to nowhere. In fact the road to Nikko Toshi does not use this bridge.
  • Well worth a visit while in Japan. We did a day trip from Tokyo by train. The package deals from Asakusa are reasonable and the staff are very helpful. Many photo opportunities but it was busy and crowded.
  • Simple put... EPIC! If you have a day spare please check this out. World heritage site and for good reason. I recommend going really early or at 3.30ish. The crowds of poepe will be a lot less. Make sure you go straight to the cat shine at the back, as they stip let poeple up at 4.30. Theres lots of other shine after that, and its also sits in a beautiful monut forest... what are you wait for?? ^_^
  • I went there twice. Once during summer and once during autumn. I would recommend visiting during the autumn or spring. The place will have a pleasant weather and there will be some kind of proceedings happening making it worthwhile to visit. Don't miss the monkeys and the elephant statue there.
  • By far the most beautiful historic temple i have visited in Japan! You will have to pay to get in but 100% with it!