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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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I loved this temple. It may have been my favourite during my travels through Japan. The lush greenery surrounding and embedded on the temples grounds makes you forget the hustle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I loved this temple. It may have been my favourite during my travels through Japan. The lush greenery surrounding and embedded on the temples grounds makes you forget the hustle and bustle of nearby Tokyo. It's here that you can find the famous carving of the "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil" monkeys. There are plenty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Very nice temple. Lots to see. Gorgeous buildings. Be prepared for lots of step climbing if visiting the inner most structure. The inner most structure closes earlier at 4:30PM in summer than the other structures which close at 5:00PM. Need an umbrella during rainy season as lots of walking is required. Not recommend for senior or people in wheelchair.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This Shrine is large and beautiful but it is under renovation now. Nikko is a good place for a day trip from Tokyo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

It was pouring rain when we visited, so we did all the indoor activities, including the museum, treasure house, video etc. The main gate was being restored, but the colorful, lavish beauty of the first shogun was evident in the temple and shrines. Do walk up to see the mausoleum. We did so even in the rain drenched steep steps.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We have joined bus tour for one day Nikko trip from Tokyo. It was a great day, the tour guide explained the different of this temple. Nikko is the only place combines with Shrine (Japanese) and Temple (Chinese). Shrine for celebrating happy events, Temple on the other hand for heaven events. That is why Shrine is always having lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Gorgeous place out in the middle of the mountains. Lots of fantastic architecture and carvings. We got to see the origin of the ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ monkey carvings. I left the tour for a little while to go to one of the gardens, Shoyoen Gardens near the Rinnoji Temple while everyone else was touring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a beautiful temple amidst a quiet cedar forest. The temple isn't quiet - because of the crowds - but it's just stunning. Could not get enough of the visual feast. Now the "lecture" in the temple.. if you understand Japanese you'll realize it's just another huckster selling you "miracle cures" of various sacred doo-dads which you can buy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Definitely worth seeing this temple when in Nikko. Many beautiful temples on a sprawling site. The gardens are magic as well. Very Japanese in style and relaxing as you walk around. There are some big hills to walk up but well worth the effort. It can be busy with crowds so I recommend starting here early in the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Rent a recorder, it will allow you to know the details of the temple such as the history, construction style, utilisation. It might cost you more time than your expectation if you go deep and try to explore every single detail of the temple. I planned to spend 1.5 hr but ended up staying there for 2.5 hr.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I much prefer minimalist shrines like the Meiji shrine in Tokyo. This one is richer in colours and very ornate. What makes me want to go back again are the skyscraper trees - they really give the place a sense of tranquility and history.

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Additional Information about Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Address: 2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 288-54-0560
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tochigi Prefecture  >  Nikko
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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