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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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Too crowded, still a worth to visit

Go there as early as possible otherwise too crowded. The only less busy and peaceful place is Ieyusu’s tomb (entrance through the famous sleeping cat sculpture) probably due to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Go there as early as possible otherwise too crowded. The only less busy and peaceful place is Ieyusu’s tomb (entrance through the famous sleeping cat sculpture) probably due to the fact that you have to walk up uphill. For costly entrance of 1300 JPY you can see the famous carved Monkeys such as hear no evil, speak no evil, see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Crowds can be very distracting , so plan on an overnight stay in Nikko and visit the shrine first thing in the morning before the day trippers arrive from Tokyo. The other negative (that is unavoidable) is that it is a bit too commercialized inside. Do check out the lesser visited shrines nearby.

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I visited the site with my 14 year old son who is a typical bored teenager. I pleaded with him to see some of the culture of Japan and escape from the Shinjuku arcades and Akihabara anime shops. After much prodding he grudgingly agreed, and off we went on a two hour train ride to the Nikko shrine. We arrived... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

You can see some other great shrines here or around Japan with way less people. It was very large and cool inside with over-the-top decorations but it just had too many people for me. If you don't mind a crowd then go through it but would still highly recommend visiting the other smaller shrines in the area for a more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The wonderful place to see. Worth for your money. But if you plan to go back from nikko in that day Be careful about the bus, I and my sis almost miss the last bus >_<

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We started at the Taiya-un Shrine and then went to the Futurasan shrine. The first shrine was 500 yen and the second was 300. Both of those were very nice, and after that we walked the tranquil path towards Tosho-gu. At the gate, we found out that the price was 1300 yen apiece! You can buy 3 or 4 delicious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This shrine complex feels very un-Japanese - there is so much over-the-top decoration you would almost think you were in southern India. The main Buddha statue and supporting artifacts are currently housed in a large shed that has been built around the temple, while restoration work is carried out. If you are fit (and you need to be to fully... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Great for a day trip from out of Tokyo. Easy access. Sights are in one relatively small area. Cool in the summer. And you get to see something famous. The three "wise" monkeys of see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil fame. Apparently this is where the (rather dubious) proverb got its start. I've run into a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you aren't that good with stairs, don't go:P Other than that, if you like temples and history, this is a very good location to start with in your visit to Nikko

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a beautiful Shinto Shrine, surrounded by trees. You'd forget you are in one of the busiest cities in the world, as the site is pretty large and almost from the start, the sound of traffic and the sight of sky scrapers fades away. THis is the site of the original three monkeys carving, and there are plenty of... More 

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