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Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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Address: 2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
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A Japanese must-see, but expect to share this spectacle with masses of tourists

Had the Nikko Toshogu Shrine been less crowded, I would have given this shrine top rating. But being such a popular attraction, and close enough to Tokyo for an easy day trip, you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Had the Nikko Toshogu Shrine been less crowded, I would have given this shrine top rating. But being such a popular attraction, and close enough to Tokyo for an easy day trip, you have to put up with the crowds. That's life, I'm afraid, and the only way to get around this is to make your own way there -... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We started from the entrance just past the Shinkyo Bridge and that's just the beginning of the a set of stairs to climb. Being on the side of a mountain, you will climb quite a number of steps in stages which provides a good cardio workout but helps you work off all that yummy Japanese food you've been gorging on!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

One of the must see in Nikko, if you can ignore crowds of people it could be very spiritual place. Maybe try to visit early in the morning or late in the evening.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Just too many visitors, just following a line all the time. Better to visit lesser temples, or in more remote parts of Japan. No relaxing place to rest at all in the surrounding area, they prefered to build carparks!

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Gallarate, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

All the complex is wonderful and a visit must be done by everybody who visit Japan. On the other way, some negative points must be underlined: - a lot of shrines and structures are partially under reparation - no English descriptions or leaflets (only an extra paid audio guide) - prices keep increasing (only shrine 1300 yen) I hope they... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Although the main gate is currently under renovation, this is still one of the must see places in Nikko. The entire site is beautiful and fascinating to see. Just remember, you cannot take photos in all places - so best to check before snapping away,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Japan is so good at keeping tradition while blending modern, evident in the new Museum and Cafe at the Shrine entrance. Try to make your visit during the Mikoshi-togyo-sai (Portable Shrine Procession) 1,000 Samurai, in May. Really a spectacular event. Visiting Toshogu Shrine was a highlight of our visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The trees in Nikko are really amazing. The shrine is situated in among really old trees. Much of the carving is highly detailed and some of it (like the see no/hear no/speak no evil monkeys) is amusing. The walk to the Tokugawa Ieyasu memorial up the stairs is a must, its through beautiful forest to a serene simple memorial. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Must visit. No brainer here. If you can't go to Kyoto but yearn old Japan with old temples, stone lanterns and centuries old trees surrounding you, go to Toshogu shrine. It will complete your culture fix.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Excellent - so many shrines, so much beauty. This was great - puts other shrines in the shade. Majestic.

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