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2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a lot of shrines and temples in Japan but these are impressive and built in the mountains. I read that there are over 100 building at this temple complex. I'm glad we decided to to stay there for 2 days because it takes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RobertKona
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nikko can be reached from Tokyo within about two hours (50 minutes to Utsunomiya by Shinkansen, 50 minutes by local JR line). The Tosho-gu is the resting place of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu whose soul was interred here in the sixteenth century. You walk up a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ralf T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the Tobu line from Asakusa to Nikko. Nikko is a world heritage site founded by the Buddhist monk, Shado Shomin. Entrance to the shrine is via the Niomon gate. To the left after the entrance are the storehouses and the sacred stable with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SGC60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most famous temples in Nikko, it is packed with tourists so brace yourself for the crowd! It is stunning and colourfully painted with many intricate details. Worth a visit!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank YYLoong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many things to see at this temple ground. You wont fail to see the carvings of the three monkeys. However, there are a lot more carvings around the temple area. Many of them made from single wood. They look extremely delicate and alive....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jon_Ju1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is packed with tourist and travelers in the weekend. Be sure to come on a weekday instead.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HungoverTT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nikko Tosho-gu should be one of the best temple in Nikko. However this temple is always packed with visitors despite that you have to pay 1,500 yen entrance fee to see the internal parts of the temple.

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We reached this world famous shrine on foot in about 10 minutes after visiting the Rinnoji Temple. As suspected the place was packed even on a working day. Tickets for visit to the shrine will set you back by 1300 yen which you can also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the day here and it is a very nice temple. 2hrs by train from Tokyo so it’s quite a nice day trip. You can get the bus outside the station to the temple. One thing to note, in Japan you get on the bus...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Oceanus_x
Reviewed November 7, 2018

I visited this temple during Autumn October '18. Lovely large temple complex, however it was extremely busy, even on Thursday and with my partner and I getting there fairly early in the day- 930am. Lots of school kids here. Probably wouldn't return for this reason.

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 7, 2018|
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Response from 535laurencec | Reviewed this property |
There is a pilgrimage aspect to Nikko. And the site is spread out over moderately steep hillsides. Naturally, much depends on the amount of time you want to devote to each element (there is not just one shrine, but a... More
September 9, 2018|
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Response from mickknap | Reviewed this property |
Try the gift shop and restaurant close by
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June 28, 2018|
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Hi. There are about three in an hour.
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Japan Tour Itinerary Chritmas-New Year 2017 (8 Replies)
Hi, below is an early draft of my planned itinerary for our family of 4. No reservation or tickets have been made yet. Seeking advise, suggestion and answer to questions below: Dec. 22 - arriving Tokyo airport PM Dec. 23 - visiting Tsukii Fish Market (any update on its move?), travel to Hiroshima by train Dec. 24 - Hiroshima/Miyajima Dec. 25 - leaving Hiroshima by train with stops at Kurshiki or Okayma or Himeji to Osaka Dec. 26 - Osaka, travel to Kyoto Dec. 27 - Kyoto Dec. 28 - Kyoto...More
February 01, 2017|
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I'd spend New Years in Tokyo.
itinerary review please (4 Replies)
I'll be traveling to japan for two weeks and I've gotten a lot of great information from all of you on this board. I'd appreciate it if you could review my draft itinerary and let me know if anything sounds overly ambitious or if there's a must see that I don't have on my list. I'll be getting a 7 day Japan Rail Pass a few days into my trip and tried to plan Osaka/Kyoto midweek to avoid some of the crowds I'm sure to find on the weekend with due to cherry blossoms. Thank you! p.s. I've...More
March 08, 2010|
Response fromShibuyakko|
Your first day in Kyoto looks way too ambitious. Isn't Johnny's tour from 10 AM to 3 PM with lots of walking? I understand it ends near Kiyomizu-dera. Are you not going to Kiyomizu-dera afterwords? If you're, it'll be nearly 5PM and starts to get dark when you reach Fushimi Inari. Fushimi Inari is such a cool place I highly recommend doing the whole loop on another day. Maybe you can drop Kitano Tenmangu or Philosopher's Lane? Are you staying in Osaka or Kyoto? On the 21st, I'd drop...More
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Nikko National Park (5 Replies)
I am unclear how one might visit this park. It is gigantic! If I go to Nikko to visit Tosho-gu, can I continue on foot to visit a small section of the park nearby (or take a short taxi ride there) ??? Are there walking paths available online telling me where to go? Thanks.
August 20, 2017|
Response fromGizm0guy|
Nao: It might take a lifetime to cover that map! Mabei: I appreciate the guide. But I have decided not to spend 45-60 min each way to get to lake or falls. I plan to take my time in shrines then hoped to walk through part of Nikko Park adjoining this area assuming it is scenic. Maybe that is not possible. Looking to get away from the big city and heat and breath some fresh air.