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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Nikkō Tōshō-gū and many more Nikko attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Nikko trip builder website .
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  • October 4, 2017
    This tour was our first one on this vacation. It started early since we had to catch the collecting bus in Shibuya which is a short cab ride from Shinjuku where we were staying. We opted for a cab rid...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Did visit could come in sunlight Tosho-gu shrine as major repairs completed Memorial live female vocal unit kalafina! Prior to live like to visit Nikko Tosho-gu shrine, I thought. Built a small chapel in Ieyasu's dying wish and co as a village shrine of the shrine and so had a grandson Iemitsu luxury gorgeous in it, has become a major tourist destination in Japan now that registered on the World Heritage list at the admission fee (¥ 1300) To leave the buildings group is paying itself is unusual though not the
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  • October 3, 2017
    1 adult, 3-day weekend to visit. Although snow is not very cold. Still quite a lot. I felt asleep the cat pushed from behind to pass.
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  • May 2, 2017
    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.
  • April 11, 2017
    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.
  • April 28, 2017
    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.
  • January 5, 2017
    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.
  • April 18, 2017
    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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