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Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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
88%
Ranked #2 of 92 Attractions in Nikko
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I visited this spot by a series of trains from Tokyo. It was raining and misty. The dark trees concealed the places I wanted to see. Sudenly, I was confronted with the Buddhist Temple Rinno-ji. The huge ancient images within are concealed by the traditional hangings blazoned with Japanese characters. You need a flash inside. This is only the start.... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We went on a Sunrise tour which was a great day. Being Winter it was fantastic to see the snowy landscapes. The temple complex is beautiful and having a guide talking through a headset was good because you learn so much. The highlight was climbing the stairs to the Shoguns mausoleum. It was particularly special being the New Year period.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you have plenty of time in Japan then a trip to Nikko is OK but if you are on a short trip with only a few days then there are plenty of better places to visit around Tokyo. It is a long round trip on the train and other than the shrine, Nikko itself has little to offer. The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I'm a history buff and always wanted to check out the Shogun's mausoleum. Worth the extra trip out of Tokyo. 2 1/2 hours train ride using the combined Tobu Nikko Railway. There is currently a special fare on the JR site. The mausoleum itself is impressive. You can rent an english recording on site to fully immerse yourself! It really... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Went as part of a Sunrise Tour group on a Friday morning, in Mid-December. Was glad I'd brought along my gloves as the temperature was -9°C. Do wear socks as you'll have to remove your shoes whenever you visit a Shinto temple. Surprisingly,the place wasn't very crowded on that day so we had ample space to take pictures. A boy... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I went there in October, 2009 with friends. It's a very beautiful shrine where you can see awsome fall colors during late Autumn. Has a huge campus and tales are represented on its walls. Its very interesting to see with commentry of a guide :)

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Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I went already twice to visit this complex of shrines. The first visit was too hasty and under the rain, but the shrine already looked great. The second time I went back dedicating a full day to the visit, taking an audioguide and above all taking my time to see everything. In this way you discover more about the three... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We visited this place last Autumn. The place is quite crowded but we had fun following our tour guide to explain the history of this place. Inside the shrine, we had to take of our shoes. This is quite an interesting place in Nikko. Also, don't miss the stories of the monkeys in one of the structures. There is the... More 

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