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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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Great first day trip in Japan

On our first full day in Japan, my husband and I traveled by train from Tokyo to Nikko with our nephew (who is currently working in Asia). This was our introduction to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

On our first full day in Japan, my husband and I traveled by train from Tokyo to Nikko with our nephew (who is currently working in Asia). This was our introduction to the immaculate Tokyo subway and Japanese train system, and we were so impressed. If only public transportation in the US could be like this... When we arrived at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

First, to establish my credentials I've lived abroad in Asia for 4 years and have traveled almost everywhere in it. So I've seen a lot of temples and holy places and whatnot. Toshogu was pretty unimpressive. Just old-style architecture and a lot of kitschy crap being sold to tourists. There is one worthwhile temple that has a huge dragon painted... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This was a very large and beautiful shrine. If definitely recommend the audio guide as nothing has labels or information. The combined ticket with the treasure house was handy but you could definitely skip the treasure house if time was an issue.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If you go the Nikko and Toshogu with a large tourist group, this review will be of no use to you. But, if you go alone, first of all, go early in the morning, hopefully before the tour buses start to pour in. If you have the time and the interest, I highly recommend the audio guide. I can testify... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The park is very nice. The three monkeys are cute! Unfortunatly a part is under construction so you cant see anything. They dodnt lower the entrance fee because off it so you have to ask yourself is its worth it.. We had a good time, nice weather. The work may take a while so check before you visit!

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Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Really worth visiting this shrine. Some of the best ornamentation and painting of any shrine in Japan. Prepare for a lot of walking and stair climbs if you hope to see everything. Took the Tobu train from Kita-Senju but that was a disaster. Took nearly three hours of slow-going train instead of the listed schedule of about 90 minutes. Return... More 

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

We were there on a rainy, misty day, and it really gave a peaceful, even mysterious quality to the site, especially as you climbed higher up to the upper levels. So don't be put off if it's a rainy day. There weren't huge numbers of people either so that was another advantage. We were very disappointed that some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Two hours train ride from Tokyo's Asakusa station will take you in this mountain sanctuary. Although existing for over 1200 years, Nikko's greatest attractions are two shrines from 16 cent for Japan's greatest shoguns: Ieyasu and his grandson Iemitsu Tokugawa. Tosho-gu shrine belongs to the great Ieyasu, whose wish was to build it here, but only his grandson Iemitsu finished... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

These shrines are incredible! You gotta take off your shoes, be quiet, respectful and simply take the moment to admire these magnificent buildings. My wife and I were in awe and even though it is a bit crowded, it is a must see. I would recommend going early in the morning so you can take photos without any people around,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is an amazing place. Well worth 2 hour drive from Tokyo to enjoy this unbelievable masterpiece. if you have a free day in Tokyo, this is a place worth the visit ahead of any Tokyo area attractions.

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