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Toshogu Shrine

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Address: Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3822-3455
Description: Listed as a National Treasure, this shrine was constructed in 651 and...
Listed as a National Treasure, this shrine was constructed in 651 and dedicated to shogun Tokugawa leyasu. A second Toshogu Shrine is located in Nikko and both were built by leyasu's grandson.
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Wonderful in the winter sun

A beautiful, restored shrine, covered in gold leaf and surrounded by a wonderful fence which can only be viewed from the outside but is worth it (and worth the 500 yen entrance... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A beautiful, restored shrine, covered in gold leaf and surrounded by a wonderful fence which can only be viewed from the outside but is worth it (and worth the 500 yen entrance fee). Entrance is along a walkway with large carved stone lanterns (for want of a better term), there is also a peony garden you can visit. Just a... More 

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Maladzyechna, Belarus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It's so beautifull shrine. Dark blach and gold color - never see before so saturated colors. Your eyes must to see this place.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A lovely peaceful spot. Great explanation of the ablutions custom for entering shrines. Those on a very tight budget might find better value for their 500yen entry fee.

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Essex
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32 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is not my first trip to Japan, and this is certainly not my first temple! I have visited all of the much larger touristy temples and shrines in the past and on this day we intended to go to the nearby museums, but they were closed - the day before had been a public holiday, so presumably they all... More 

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I did not visit the Peony Garden just the main temple and the gold details of the gate and the temple are spectacular. It is not a very big temple, but the details will make you stop and look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Built in 1616 this one of many shrines dedicated to the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. It can be accessed when you go to Ueno Park. Take a peek up at the ceilings for some magnificent dragons

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st. paul
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We were only able to view this Ueno Park shrine from the outside on a rainy, rainy day. Still the path with the many stone lanterns was impressive. There was also had a good view of the Kan-ei-ji Pagoda from the pathway.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.