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2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful wooden sculptures and great colours. There are many steps, so watch out. We were there on a day full of school kids that came to practice their English with us. Was sort of funny, didn't really have a silent moment in the place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank elads
Reviewed 1 week ago

Late in the day in late January we had the place almost to ourselves. Its impact and beauty cannot be captured by photos. The setting amongst giant Japanese cedar trees towering into the air is monumental and it's truly breathtaking. Be prepared for the cold...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alice D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easily one of the most beautiful temples in Japan. We arrived in Nikko pretty early and were treated to fresh mountain air and the gorgeous site of this temple all to ourselves. It was early December and the light dusting of overnight snow contrasted with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ShalomAlexandra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing piece of history. Spectacular building and surrounds. Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to remove so you can enjoy the temple and other areas where shoes cannot be worn. The workmanship of these buildings is amazing. Had a bit of scaffolding and repair work...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Although i am not a religious person but love this place for their beautiful architect and calmness..it's must visit place if you are in Nikko area..

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

Most elegant temple in Japan. Did not expect to see such elaborate deco. I was completely blown away.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lilygc
Reviewed January 8, 2019

Impressive period architecture and everything was very well preserved. Good combination of Japanese and Chinese elements in many of the structures there, and interesting mix of Shindo (shrine) and Buddhist (temple) in one compound. Photos taking is only allowed in outdoor areas. A worthy place...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

It is reason of why we are going to Nikko. Good place and so many to see something. Very interesting

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 25, 2018

This is the only reason we are there in Nikko. Must visit although the entrance fee is JPY1300. The whole area is rather big and can spend around 1 hour to visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kt_malaysia
Reviewed December 25, 2018

Nikkō Tōshō-gū is a Tōshō-gū Shinto shrine located in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Together with Futarasan Shrine and Rinnō-ji, it forms the Shrines and Temples of Nikkō UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 42 structures of the shrine included in the nominatio! Wonderful and historic place!

Date of experience: January 2018
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December 16, 2018|
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Response from shopping74 | Reviewed this property |
9:30am to 16:30pm availability to use the elevator but it is getting dark early so I recommend you go there earlier the better to see the dinamic fall.
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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
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Try the gift shop and restaurant close by
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Daniel Y
Spokane, Washington
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|
Response fromjordansbulls|
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
Charlotte, North Carolina
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.