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Nikko Toshogu Shrine

2301 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1431, Japan
+81 288-54-0560
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Ranked #2 of 83 attractions in Nikko
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

While in Tokyo, the Capital of the East, I wanted to do a few sights and Nikko was once of them. Nikko is a nice ride away from Tokyo either by car, coach or Shinkansen. I went on a tour and I loved it. It takes about 2 hours + to get there and the scenery prior arrival is fantastic.... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's grand in detail not in size. To enjoy the most you need to go slow and see even a small detail. Then you will see the real beauty of this place.

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Helsinki, Finland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is one of the World Heritage places and deservedly so. But this also makes it very popular so better plan well in advance. Avoid weekends if you can, Choose the less popular (more difficult to reach) temples and shrines instead of the main attraction. Don't enter the main shrine at all and forget the sleeping cat! This is the... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We spent two nights in Nikko and thoroughly enjoyed the glorious shrine and the impressive World Heritage sites.

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Lund, Sweden
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited the Toshogu Shrine by bus, going with the JTB Travel tours and we were very happy with our visit. Being the main event of the bus tour, it was situated approximately two hours by bus from Shinjuku station and we were given a good guide tour of the shrine area from our guide through headphones. The shrine area... More

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Elwood, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Absolutely beautiful and should not be missed. We did this as an easy day trip from Tokyo. If you go to the travellers information shop at Asakusa station, all foreigners can get an explore Nikko pass for two or four days. The two day pass costs ¥2,600 and includes the rapid train to Nikko on the Tobu railway and free... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Came with my wife and 3 kids. Amazing place. Temples, history, places you can not miss. Worth the day trip from Tokyo. Suggest to go to near by water falls ( careful not to get too close to monkeys - almost got bitten by male ), and then to see the Temple City.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My family are first timers to Japan ( two adults and one 11 year old) and so as I read the reviews for Nikko, I was uncertain of how our day trip would turn out. 1) we had no issue navigating the JR train lines. Your Suica card is valid from Utsunomiya to Nikko ( 760¥ one way).The Shinkansen was... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love the simplicity of Buddhist and Shinto shrines in white, dark wood, and greenery. The amazing colors and carvings of Nikko are not what I normally enjoy, however the forest is commanding, the history fascinating, and (of course) i loved the monkey carvings which represent the Circle of Life, including See no Evil (Mizaru), Hear no Evil (Kikazaru), and... More

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Cusco, Peru
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was a fantastic place to visit during our time in Nikko. Truly a world treasure... The temple structures were interesting. Tip- Try taking the stairs on the outside of the complex, which leads up to a tomb(?)...nice view of the surroundings.

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