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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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  • Toshogu Shrine is a magnificent memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a....  more
    Toshogu Shrine is a magnificent memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a....  more »
  • 世界遺産に登録されている日光の社寺の中で、恐らく最も参拝客の多い神社と言えよう。 他の社寺と比較して、境内にある建築物の配色は色鮮やかで、梁や柱などに施された緻密な彫刻には目を見張るものがある。『絢爛豪華』とはまさにこの神社を指すのだろう。境内そのものが彫刻作品の屋外ギャラリーと言っても過言ではない。その分、写真撮影のために立ち止まる観光客も多く、特に土日祝日の日中の混雑ぶりは敬遠したくなる。建物...  more
    世界遺産に登録されている日光の社寺の中で、恐らく最も参拝客の多い神社と言えよう。 他の社寺と比較して、境内にある建築物の配色は色鮮やかで、梁や柱などに施された緻密な彫刻には目を見張るものがある。『絢爛豪華』とはまさにこの神社を指すのだろう。境内そのものが彫刻作品の屋外ギャラリーと言っても過言ではない。その分、写真撮影のために立ち止まる観光客も多く、特に土日祝日の日中の混雑ぶりは敬遠したくなる。建物...  more »
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  • The most beautiful temples I’ve visited in Japan so far. The protection of these buildings is immaculate and they weren’t burnt down in some fire and rebuilt in the 1900’s they are actually four hundred years old and are just taken care of and repainted very well. I could feel the history breathing in and out of this place. Tokugawa’s treasures were well kept and I just can’t describe in clear words how happy that I, a history lover, was to to be able to touch and be so close to something so old and well taken care of for the public. I think Tokugawa would be proud at how many people love and respect his family’s heirlooms and resting places.
  • Beautiful golden gate entrance and lots of other shrines with complex detailed designs. I'm not huge on the shrine visits here in Japan but I really enjoyed the different shrine offerings available here and the history. Parking can be difficult during busy peak seasons. I ended up parking at the museum for 1000yen and walking over. Other places cost 500yen but go quickly.

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