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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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  • A beautiful, solemn place of rest for Tokugawa Ieyasu. The buildings are ornate, with intricate carvings over 400 years old. There was a misty rain the entire time I was there which enhanced the atmos...  more »
  • Nikko Toshogu Is Loved Enough to Go About Once a Year for a few years. There are not many leaves that color in autumn on the approach, but the season of autumn leaves is very crowded. If the purpose is not to hunt autumn leaves, I recommend summer. There are many attractive buildings such as Yangming Gate and the Five-Story Pagoda, but the white horse (Jinma) which is only in the shrine where three monkeys are carved for a certain period of time is a must-see! I can only see it once out of five times, although the time to be able to do it seems to be fixed. It is a horse with gentle eyes. It is also good to see the life of the monkey, but I want you to take a look under it by all means.
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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.
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