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Nikko Tosho-gu

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Address: 2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 288-54-0560
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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it's a bit expensive to travel to nikko, but I think it's worth it, around 2 hours from tokyo. We stayed for a few nights and went to see everything, every temple is incredible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it's a bit expensive to travel to nikko, but I think it's worth it, around 2 hours from tokyo. We stayed for a few nights and went to see everything, every temple is incredible. It's similar to visiting Kyoto, but honestly, I prefer Nikko

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This temple complex is by far the most impressive we have experienced at our japan trip. The situation at the hilly forrest is simply magic. Alle the building art, gold and colours in one magnificent place. This is where you find the iconic "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" carved monkeys. If you want to see one... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the main attractions of Nikko, and while there's a lot to see, it's still not my favourite place to see shrines in Japan (Kyoto still holds that title). But if you're not travelling far from Tokyo, then it's worth going to. The main temple can be visited but there's a lot of construction going on there... More 

Thank PsychoSavager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The famous temple and mausoleum of Nikko is dedicated to maybe the most celebrated historical figure of Japan, shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. His ashes are stored behind (and uphill!) the Buddhist temple, one of the most lavishly decorated we saw anywhere in Japan: Why be modest when you have conquered the entire nation under your rule... The temple can be quite... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad I was able to visit this temple! So beautiful! They recommend about 60 minutes at the grounds, and I think this is a pretty accurate account of how long it will take you to get around

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a large complex of temples and shrines. The renovation work doesn't really distract from enjoying the temple, but be aware that it's not going to look pristine. Be aware that when you start to go through to visit the shrine of the sleeping cat that there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of steps to get... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the views, but hated how crowded it was. We were there during a national holiday - avoid that at all cost! You sometimes can't even see the highlights properly as you are just being pushed forward. Try to go early, beat the crowds.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely, The most decorated and artsy temple in Japan. We visited in a slightly rainy and foggy day. I think which makes it little bit more mystic and adds little bit more spirituality. It was a nice and easy climb to top. All the earth smell and birds, creatures sound was beautiful.

Thank Suat E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best shrine everrrr.. very complicated details n d landscape is very attractive. Had to climb many many stairs to see the tomb but worth the climb... has a beautiful scenery n just love every details in it..

Thank Arianie K
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on a Sunday, with wall-to-wall local Japanese tourists. Architecture is traditional and impressive, but the crowds detracted from the experience. Also lots of rules, don't step there, don't take a photo from that position. Probably would be a better experience with more tranquility.

Thank Judith G

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