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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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  • I think worship is best to go early in the morning. It wasn't so when I visited two years ago after a late morning was horrendous people slowly atmosphere. In summer so hot during the day, especially early in the morning is recommended.
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  • Junior high school trip since I visited 30 years Buri. Enjoyed a reputation as a beautiful, dazzling main other. I realized just because parents foot was aware of the shrine, but not the handrail of the stairs where you will find a little bit more carefully barrier-free and very nice and helpful. That amount, minus one point.
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  • And Mr. and Mrs. Minami-uonuma acquaintance visit in 35 years. 35 years ago and changed the three wise monkeys, yomeimon karamon, sleeping cat and restored and beautiful. Power and wealth things to say, Japan in Nagoya Univ. and artisans gather by the best technologies at this time built, sunlight Tosho-gu shrine, is really a symbol of the power of the Tokugawa shogunate
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  • Definitely one of my fav place in Japan. The beautiful shrine enamored ny detailed ornaments and sculpture. You might recognize the three monkey and sleeping cat. And walk up there is the shogun's last resting piece. It was serene and beautiful.
  • Buddhism and Shinto are blended here. The famous three monkeys originate from a bar-relief here, as part of the story on how to bring up children. Tokugawa's urn is quite some distance away from the central square.
  • Interesting shrine and buildings. Also houses the overrated 3 monkeys mural and the grossly overrated sleeping cat mural. Still, a must visit in Nikko for the beautiful architecture. Be prepared to take your shoes off at the main building.
  • Large amounts being renovated for the Olympics, with most of the important parts not visible. The bits that could be seen were nice, but not especially stand out. The whole complex has a much more commercial feel than other major temples. No signage in English other than "No Photography" and "No Smoking", making it difficult to appreciate what anything was.
  • Likely the main purpose for most for visiting Nikko, this historic site does not disappoint. It is huge, and everything is highly detailed and colorful.

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Rich in history, culture, and nature, you'll be pleased to find that Nikko also boasts a rich variety of accommodations. Competition may be pretty fierce at peak times, but make your reservation early and you'll be able to find somewhere to sleep that suits your style. Luxury hotels and boutiques with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) never stray too far from the river, while hostels and guesthouses tend to be tucked away on side streets, and up in the north of town. Mid-range and standard hotels lie close to the main train stations and by the main plazas.
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