Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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SandBTokyo
Minato, Japan360 contributions
Awesome awesome awesome. Wonderful piece of history. We took the cable car through some beautiful mountains to the shrine. It is a great place, so historical and beautiful. Better than Nikko in my opinion, just because it feels more authentic. So Tokugawa Yaesu is supposed to be buried here. He was never moved to Nikko and was not cremated (the shoguns were buried). You can walk all the way back to his grave.
The museum disappointed me. I expected to see his samurai suit that he wore at the Battle of Sekigahara, but it was in storage. Very disappointed.
One of my favorite shrines in Japan.
Written July 25, 2021
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treesrgreenie
Adelaide, Australia173 contributions
Couples
Climb uneven stone steps to the coloured shrine. Then keep climbing up up up to the tomb at the very top. A peaceful resting place and worth over 200 big steps. Nice bronze & stone lanterns & pillars along the way.
Written January 18, 2020
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Kinko_12
Little Rock, AR174 contributions
Friends
Shizuoka Station is about an hour from Tokyo and 68 minutes from Nagoya by Shinkansen. I met a Japanese Facebook friend who lives in Florence, Italy for the first time there, and the tourist information center recommended us to go to Kunozan Toshogu. Both of us have been to the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, and we were curious what this Toshogu Shrine looks like at Kunozan. We obtained coupons at the information center, which helped us save a few dollars. We took a 10:30 bus from Gate No.11 at the North Exit of the station to get to Nihondaira (580 yen/40 minutes).
There are several buses running throughout the day. From Nihondaira, which is one of Japan's 100 most scenic spots where you can see Mt.Fuji, we took a cable car. The round trip costs 1,100 yen and with a coupon it is 990 yen. The ride is rather short (5 minutes) and expensive, but the beautiful scenery is worth it. (How many times can you experience this in your life time?) The other option was walking, and we did not want to do it on a hot summer day. The Shrine is located on top of Kunozan (270m) and it was constructed 19 years earlier than the one in Nikko. The scale, being on the mountain top, is not as big as the one in Nikko, but the architectures are beautiful. The main hall is a national treasure - is unique style, bright colors, and construction materials are gorgeous. There was a small exhibition box with Ieyasu's Gundam plastic model, too!! Regular admission to the shrine is 500 yen but with a coupon it is 400 yen for adults. If you combine the Shrine and the museum, it is 800 yen (with coupon 700 yen).You can use the coupon for up to 5 people.The museum houses many items which the Tokugawa Shoguns owned. I especially liked Ieyasu's clock from Spain. There is a small shop-cafe near the museum, and my friend and i had matcha soft ice cream with Abakawa mochi (local sweets), sweet red beans, and corn flakes (400 yen) and ate the delicious dessert looking at the sky and the ocean from there. It was an exciting and relaxing trip.
Written July 29, 2016
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kumamonk
Singapore103 contributions
Friends
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine is located at the top of Kunozan, a small mountain where you will need to climb 1,200 steps up the stone stairs. Please wear comfy footwear as the steps are rocky and uneven. I was surprised that it was not as tiring as I thought to climb the thousand over stairs. If you really cannot climb stairs, you can also take the ropeway from Nihondaira and walk down the stairs after that. I highly recommend taking the stairs up though.

To get to the foot of Kunozan, we took a bus from JR Shizuoka station and walked to the foot of the mountain in about 3 minutes. This shrine is dedicated to one of Japan's most famous leader, Tokugawa Ieyasu. From the shrine, you can take the ropeway to Nihondaira where you can see Mount Fuji on a clear day, Unfortunately, I could not see Mount Fuji on that day as it was cloudy. A must-visit if you are in Shizuoka!
Written October 5, 2013
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ilmariAF
Kuala Lumpur17 contributions
Friends
You can access the shrine from the Nihondaira ropeway. It is a spectacular shrine dedicated to the Shogun and it was just very peaceful and calming. You can also purchase an extra admission to the museum which houses armor and rare artifacts. Just take bus no 42 from Shizuoka station and NIhondaira is the last stop. Tip: You can get a coupon from the information centre at shizuoka station for a discount at the shrine and ropeway
Written December 28, 2015
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Mike2011ca
Shizuoka, Japan19 contributions
Couples
Take a bus bound for 'Nihondaira' mountain; from the top of the mountain take a cable car across to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. This is the original shrine built to enshrine 'Ieasu Tokugawa', before his remains were moved to their current place in 'NIKKO' which is a super-sized copy of the original Kunozan Shrine. Go on Saturdays and Sundays spring and fall and it's almost guaranteed you'll be able to wittness a Japanese wedding procession taking place there.
If you want to climb the mountain instead of taking the bus and cable car, you can take the stairs to reach the top - in that case you need to take a bus along 'Strawberry road' to the south-side of nihondaira mountain along the ocean, and take the ancient stairs to the top. A reasonably fit person can master these stairs in about 20-30 minutes; the view of the ocean along the way is spectacular, too. Tourist office at Shizuoka station can point out the right bus to take for either route.
Written March 16, 2015
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Angie_travel888
Western Australia, Australia122 contributions
Friends
It's a good climb up many steps to the top however the climb is worth it. The museum has artefacts dating back to the first shogun. The temple is extremely well maintained and there is a brochure in English available. A shop at the top if you need coffee and a seat.
Written August 2, 2017
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Mike K
Las Vegas, NV17 contributions
Friends
Didn't get a view of Mt Fuji the day we were there, but the Shrine and Museum are an enjoyable stop at the end of the Nihondiara Ropeway (It is a cable tram...don't worry). Be ready for some steps to navigate to see the shrine. And you can walk down to street level if you dare...only 1159 steps. The monks do it both ways every day!!
Written October 14, 2014
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TokyoEric
Tokyo110 contributions
This is a smaller version of the shrine in Nikko. It was built first and was the original shrine/temple for TOKUGAWA Ieyasu. It is very similar to Nikko but on a slightly smaller scale though I think the setting is more dramatic overlooking the Pacific. Very easy to get there by bus from Shizuoka station. It is a 35 minute drive thru scenic forested valleys. Then you take a gondola over beautiful valleys to the shrine. Wear comfortable shoes cause you will walk a lot up stairs to the shrine. There is a small museum which is nice and can be be seen in about 10-15 minutes.
Written April 25, 2011
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Frederick G
Flemington, NJ381 contributions
Not the most impressive Shrine in Japan, but certainly it has the prominence. Layed out in a series of levels, irregular stone steps - makes visiting for some a bit difficult. Crowded at the site and especially in the ropeway leading down to the Shrine itself - I personally think they jam too many into the tram. Worth a visit, but not on the top bucket list.
Written November 9, 2019
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