Nikko Tosho-gu

Nikko Tosho-gu

Nikko Tosho-gu
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,710 contributions
世界遺産に登録されている日光の社寺の中で、恐らく最も参拝客の多い神社と言えよう。
他の社寺と比較して、境内にある建築物の配色は色鮮やかで、梁や柱などに施された緻密な彫刻には目を見張るものがある。『絢爛豪華』とはまさにこの神社を指すのだろう。境内そのものが彫刻作品の屋外ギャラリーと言っても過言ではない。その分、写真撮影のために立ち止まる観光客も多く、特に土日祝日の日中の混雑ぶりは敬遠したくなる。建物の彫刻は勿論、建物内の絵画(鳴き龍や狩野探幽筆の麒麟等)も素晴らしく、数百年経過した今でもはっきりと鑑賞することが出来る(御本社や薬師堂等の建物内は撮影禁止)。
境内の各建物間の移動は基本的に階段であるため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方等にとっては利用しづらいかもしれない。境内にはコインロッカー等は無いため、大きな荷物はホテルもしくは駐車した車内に置く必要がある。

Of all the shrines and temples in Nikko that are registered as World Heritage sites, it's probably the most visited shrine.
Compared to other shrines and temples, the color scheme of the buildings in the precincts is more vivid, and the intricate carvings on the beams and pillars are remarkable. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the precinct itself is an open-air gallery of carvings. However, they are the cause of many tourists stopping to take pictures, and the crowds during the day, especially on weekends and holidays, make you feel to avoid to visit there.
In addition to the carvings on the buildings, the paintings inside the buildings (such as Naki-Ryu (Singing dragon), and a Qilin by Kano Tanyu) are wonderful. Even after hundreds of years, you can still see them clearly (photography is not allowed inside the buildings such as the main shrine and Yakushido).
The buildings on the precincts are basically accessed using slightly bumpy passage or stairs, which may be difficult to use for people with disabilities such as wheelchairs. There are no coin-operated lockers in the precincts, so you'll need to leave your large luggage at your hotel or in your parked car.
Written November 11, 2021
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Dioc
Athens, GA180 contributions
What a great day trip from Tokyo. The train trip from Tokyo was relaxing and once there you get on the bus that takes you to the Shrine. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will know why when you visit. The Shrine was completed in 1636 and it took 4.5 million artisans and workers 1.5 years to complete the groups of buildings that are more elaborate and gorgeous than any other Japanese temple or shrine. There are a lot of steps but it is doable if you are not rushed. Especially the steps to Leuasu Toshogu's grave site. One thing to know is that the Shinzo Sacred Bridge is an extra fee to cross and once you get across you have to go back across to exit that site and go on to the Shrine.
Written June 16, 2020
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia708 contributions
Toshogu Shrine is a magnificent memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. Countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf were used to decorate the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, where simplicity has been traditionally stressed in shrine architecture. Among the many buildings at Toshogu, particularly notable ones include a pretty five story pagoda in front of the main entrance gate. Despite Covid, there were long lines to enter. Admission fee is 1300 yen. Easily accessible with the world heritage bus ticket and get off at stop 82/83.
Written January 7, 2022
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cLcc
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia388 contributions
We were lucky to visit the Shine after snow fall to have the feel of winter in this famous world heritage site. The compound of this Shine is big and the buildings are very well preserved in each of the corner. Prepare to walk in on long and steep steps as the Shine is built on a hill. Visit in the early morning is a better strategy to avoid crowds from tour buses.
Written January 19, 2020
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Siren
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
Nikko is a fantastic place, if coming by train your last link takes you onto a beautiful retro styled train up the mountainside to Nikko proper. outside the station to a countryside square. The village looks up the small valley to a forest of trees (covered in snow in my trips). If you wander up the hill you will find yourself at the start of the major shrine complex of Tosho-gu just after crossing the river. The stone steps and ramps wind their way up till you make the enormous tori gates. The complex itself has a combination of the more subtle Japanese Temples, but is also one of the most gaudy i have been to done in filigree and ivory. The carvings are stunning.

If visiting i strongly recommend bringing your Goshuincho, or purchasing one to be filled out. (Just make sure to pay your respects first), as their are several spots on site to receive the stamp.

I've been to Japan twice as well as Nikko now and will plan to make Nikko at least my one re occurring stop every trip from now. If you like nature and temple or shrines architecture and history stay a few days. Theres a lot to see.
Written January 28, 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA546 contributions
Toshugu Shrine stands different from Kyoto shrines in it’s design and ornateness, and on a misty day like the one we went provides a beautiful aura of mystery. There are many structures in the building, and a lot of the animal drawings have deep symbolic meanings. There are rooms to honor ‘Lord’ Ieyasu in whose honor it is built, and often need to queue in order to enter there. There is the crying dragon room, where they will demonstrate how it makes a noise when clapped. There is overall a sense of beauty and mystery about this shrine and it’s uniqueness in design makes it well-worth visiting. At 1300 yen a head, it’s definitely expensive. We didn’t go past sleeping cast to climb stairs as we were already very tired in our trip and didn’t want to do more to exhaust our feet.
Written January 15, 2020
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Andre_BAZ
Bristol, United Kingdom40 contributions
This world heritage site is worth day trip to Nikko if visiting Tokyo. Straight forward to get here from Tobu Asakusa station and then a taxi or bus from Nikko station. The shrine was built for Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that would govern Japan from 1603 until the Meiji restoration in 1867 and is a very elaborate set of different builds made out of wood with very complex and beautiful carvings and vivid colors. One of the greatest human architectural achievements.
Written April 10, 2021
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand131 contributions
Easy to get to from Nikko station. Just take a bus for 200Yen from the station or get an all day pass if seeing all the sites and have time on hand.
The shrine is amazing craftsmanship in honor to Ieyasu Tokugawa Japans first Shogun after the warring states period.
I visited third week of November and there was still some lovely Autumn foliage to be seen.
The Cedars lined walkways and surrounding shrines and temples were lovely but this is definitely in my top 3 of all places visited in Japan.
Written November 19, 2020
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,291 contributions
The Nikko temples and shrines are simply stunning. You need to pay entry to visit them. It's worth getting an english speaking guide to explain what it is you're looking at. The detail in the buildings inside and outside is really beautiful and worthy of world-heritage listing.
Written February 6, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,616 contributions
This beautiful temple is a must-see if you're visiting Japan. Wander through the temple, admire the exquisite attention to detail, and soak in the history (it was built in the 16th century). Specifically, look for the carving of the Three Monkeys, which are the basis for the "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil" monkeys that are common nowadays. It's a calm place, even when there are a lot of visitors.
Written May 7, 2020
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