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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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  • Beautiful. It is really worth visiting if you are staying in Tokyo, only 2 hours away. Our kids - 8 and 10 also enjoyed it.  more »
  • First animals is sleeping cat that called NEMURI-NEKO.2 tree sparrow was back side the sleeping cat and that is to mean the peaceful years of the Edo period(1603-1868) Second animals are 3 wise...  more »
  • What a great day trip from Tokyo. The train trip from Tokyo was relaxing and once there you get on the bus that takes you to the Shrine. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will know why...  more »
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  • Coming to this shrine in the winter is also a great idea because it is serene during the off-peak season. It is even better when it snows. That gives you a chance to really enjoy the shrine. If you are lucky, You may grasp a happy yet tranquil moment. That will be superb.
  • We were lucky to visit the Shine after snow fall to have the feel of winter in this famous world heritage site. The compound of this Shine is big and the buildings are very well preserved in each of the corner. Prepare to walk in on long and steep steps as the Shine is built on a hill. Visit in the early morning is a better strategy to avoid crowds from tour buses.
  • The shrine is nice, large and definitely not accessible for those who are not able-bodied. However, it's incredibly expensive. Many touristy shrines have overblown prices, and this is one of them. In addition, some parts were under construction, yet there was no discount for them. There were schools of children when I went, but they were orderly and it was otherwise uncrowded (end of June Saturday morning visit). There were two parts of the visit that I found impressive: first, that Tokugawa Ieyasu's remains remain undisturbed where they were believed to be reburied, as relatively little in Japan has withstood the test of time. Secondly, and more impressively in my opinion, is that in one of the buildings, the tour guide explaining the significance of the dragon painted on the ceiling, in not just Japanese and fluent English, but Spanish, too. A very good addition to the staff. Not a must see given the price, but there is more English information at this site than many shrines have.
  • A world heritage site up in the mountains that can be done as a day trip from Tokyo. Fascinating history and architecture in a beautiful setting. Can get very busy in Summer, but such an impressive place not to be missed.
  • Very awesome. Impressive to say the least and set amongst a cedar forest. Certainly a must. Costs 1100 to enter shrine but well worth it. Could spend days looking at all the detail. Plus it's well worth giving a nod to the Tokugawa main mab

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