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Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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Address: 2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 288-54-0560
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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

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interesting shrine

entry fee is very modest, for quite a large complex to explore. some descriptions say Toshogu is a bit gaudy or lacking the restraint of other Japanese shrines and temples... i... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

entry fee is very modest, for quite a large complex to explore. some descriptions say Toshogu is a bit gaudy or lacking the restraint of other Japanese shrines and temples... i think there's some definite truth in that, but it makes it quite interesting as a contrast. there are many sub sections to this shrine, so it takes a fair... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Nikko was a nice day trip from Tokyo! There are 3 main stops that people make and all are part of the "world heritage" tour bus like which you can purchase a ticket for when you arrive. At one point there was a combined access ticket you could buy to access the shrines and temple but due to disagreement among... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Nikko Toshogu Shrine is under renovation until 2019. Because of it, we can see the famous fresco, KInkacyo etc at the gate. Most of them have been buried for so long. You can learn more about the shrine with the touch pen audio guide system. (Language availability: Japanese, English, Chinese. Fees: 500 yen) MUST-sees Roaring dragon, See no evil, hear... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I'm rolling up a number of sites in this review because I just didn't want to do a bunch of reviews. Bottom-line advice is to go to Nikko to see the shrines, but try to see something of the surrounding countryside -- it's beautiful and doable in a long day trip from Tokyo. The Tourist Office at the Tobu Nikko... More 

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Nagaizumi-cho, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great exercise, spectacular scenery, and, strangely, though the one building was "closed," it was more interesting to see how it was being taken apart and put back together in addition to the spectacular views from the 7th floor. Nice town, and be ready to do some serious stair-climbing!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Man, I visited at the wrong time. The main temple is under renovation until 2019. Little did we know coming in 2015. We ended up paying for the whole trip to Nikko, entered the venue, then they tell you as you get in that you cannot see the main temple with the ostentatious views. It was quite unfortunate, but we... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

So calm and beautiful place in Tochigi. We made multiple trips when were based in Nishinasuno. It is damn beautiful Th shrine looks different in every season. Good Eating options in area with Nikko's scenic view. World heritage center so nicely maintained. Plan to visit with Nikko Waterfall. Definitely go for a scenic walking trail.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This area was well worth the over two hour train ride from Tokyo. The temples were beautiful and were easy to view--even the climb up to the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu was worth the climb up the 400+ steps. Travel tips: 1. Try to book a train and RESERVE YOUR SEATS. We made the mistake of getting on... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The approach is already amazing. Fresh air and ancient trees. The whole site is full of history and serenity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I have always been wanting to visit Nikko, especial Toshogu Shrine since Tokugawa Ieyasu is one of my favorite historic character. The magnificent and detailed carvings of the saru(monkeys) and nemuri neko (Sleeping cat) are some of the must see. It's a little sad that the most beautiful gate, the Yomei mon is under restoration until 2019.

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