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Nikko Tosho-gu, Nikko

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Pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Nikko Tosho-gu, 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 Nikko Tosho-gu and many more Nikko attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Nikko trip builder website .
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  • At first, feel free to go because I had to go out, catch a train and too many stairs. But the truth that was worth it. The site is to get lost, thousand temples scattered across the mountain, visit each with its history, its details and secrets to discover. (for example there are hidden figures like a cat that needs to find them so they bring you luck).
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  • Excursion since the Tosho-gu shrine. Three wise monkeys and cats sleep position is different and memory. (Laughs) not to rely on a weekday so slowly could visit. Toshogu Shrine in the snow is great!
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  • Wonderful wooden sculptures and great colours. There are many steps, so watch out. We were there on a day full of school kids that came to practice their English with us. Was sort of funny, didn't rea...  more »
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  • Amazing. Visiting it seems the must for temple lovers or someone who come to Nikko. I have been to Kyoto and Nara twice but I'm still amazed by the temple. The structure of the temple are just amazing. Also went to a temple where the staff demonstrated there will be only echo under the head of dragon and witnessing it was a must during the visit. Also visited the museum to understand the history of temple. Spent two hours and it was great. It may seem commercialized but I was okay with it
  • A very lavish, commercialized mausoleum with a hefty entry fee (1300 yen) and several shops inside selling the usual shrine stuff. Great architecture and carvings that can take an hour or so to appreciate. It's just not very nice when the place gets crowded with schoolkids and tour groups that destroy what little peace there is. Overall interesting but again, too commercialized.
  • One of the most beautiful shrines in Japan, beautifully decorated. The famous three wise monkeys are here
  • Nikko is so beautiful! It's not a very famous place for tourists, but it definitely should be. It gives you a taste of traditional Japan minus the crowds of more popular places like Tokyk and Kyoto.
  • This is the Tomb (Monument) dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Beautiful architecture clearly influenced by ancient Chinese palace. If you like the history of Feudal Japan, you have to visit this place. You don't have to worship him, just show some respect, this guy ended the warring states and brought peace.
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