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Toshogu Shrine

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Address: Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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Listed as a National Treasure, this shrine was constructed in 651 and...

Listed as a National Treasure, this shrine was constructed in 651 and dedicated to shogun Tokugawa leyasu. A second Toshogu Shrine is located in Nikko and both were built by leyasu's grandson.

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Unique Charm Souvenir

Photogenic little shrine in Ueno Park -- worth popping in if you're at Ueno anyway -- it's a quick look with lots of great photo ops. A very unique thing is the pill box charm... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

On the way to Ueno Zoo, my girlfriend and I stumbled upon the entrance to this shrine. As we approached, the shine of the gilded gate caught our eye, so we decided to enter. It was well worth the visit. The Shrine is the smallest of any that I have visited by far, but the intricate carving and gilding on... More 

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Laverne, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

We made sure to stop by Toshogu Shrine during our trip and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The shrine itself is a quiet little spot in a beautiful park that you have to make time for if you are in the area. As its one of the shrines frequented by tourists it has lots of signs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Photogenic little shrine in Ueno Park -- worth popping in if you're at Ueno anyway -- it's a quick look with lots of great photo ops. A very unique thing is the pill box charm that is sold along with the other common types of charms. The black pill box is very striking, with a knotted purple string and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Worth a look if you're already in the park! You can wash you hands in the traditional way, tie or hang wishes, buy charms, and pray all with the help of signs in English. However, we could not go inside when I went so I wouldn't make the trip just for this or if you're short on time.

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Thank Catherine B
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

An very beautiful shrine but some areas were blocked off as restoration work is on-going. The carvings are impressive. Does get very crowded.

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Fribourg, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

It looks as though no expense was spared because a large majority of this building has been gold leafed. Also, the detailing on the wooden panels is superb. I really can't think of seeing something so intricate and extensive. It is a real testament to the men who made it.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

This was my first time visiting a shrine so I was amazed. I'm a history freak so this really amazed me. It's not much to see so if you do decide to go take your time taking pictures and enjoy the beautiful sights. There is no charge to see the shrine behind the gates but if you want to actually... More 

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Thank Recee F
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

We didn't make any plans to visit this shrine, we came upon it whilst walking in the park. It caused us to pause and think and it was beautifully kept and clean (as is all of the park). Whilst we were there, couples and ladies in national dress, would come to the shrine and it was certainly lovely to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

My first visit to shrine so it was worth my while to learn the hand washing and the "respectful prayer technique". Though you can walk around the building g built I. 1645, but the entrance fee of Y500 is not worth the while as public is not allowed to enter inside the shrine. Good photo opportunity

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Lovely to see some Japanese culture, this shrine is very quaint and worth a wee visit if you have a spare hour, easy to find.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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