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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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TripAdvisor
  • This is a great place to visit. There is so much to do here. However please beware there are a lot of steps and lots of walking.  more »
  • We actually had only a sketchy idea about the temples of Nikko and arrived on a dead day in town . Considered cutting the day short as we couldn't see much of interest. Decided to walk up to the top o...  more »
  • a wonderful site, of exceptional quality. I visited it twice, it is part of my favorites in Japan. And I will certainly return as soon as I can. I always discover something new.  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.