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“A real Japanese masterpiece”
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Nikko Tosho-gu
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Best of Edo Japan: Nikko National Park and Edo Wonderland Day Trip from Tokyo
Ranked #1 of 165 things to do in Nikko
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“A real Japanese masterpiece”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

So much to see and so beautiful, couldn't believe how much decorative art work was on these buildings, temples and shrines and houses. We spent a couple of hours wondering around, delighted by all we saw.so much colour
I love watching the Japanese visiting these special places, they enjoy it even more than we do.

Visited April 2013
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“A gorgeously decorated shine and mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

The temple/shrine complex dates back several centuries earlier. While getting to Nikko can be quite time consuming (2hr by Ltd Exp Kegon; 3hr by normal rapid train; then bus 10 min), it offers a nice long day out in the woods and hills. The sightseeing route of Rinnoji Temple (main building under restoration but can see the Buddhist sculptures inside), Toshogu Shrine, the Yakushido beside it (listen to the "crying dragon" of the ceiling painting), Futarasan Shrine, and the Taiyuin-byo (the grandson Tokugawa Iemitsu's mausoleum) will take about 2-3 hours (buy the combined ticket, and pay the surplus if you want to see the treasury, the garden, and Ieyasu's grave).

This wasn't my first visit to Nikko, so this time instead of going to the Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls, I went to onsen Yashio-no Yu operated by the City of Nikko, and to see the Cedar Avenue (a 35km+ continuous row of donated cedar trees by the Tokugawa family's loyal; nearest station Tobu Kamiimaichi and JR Fubasami). The next day was spent on hiking along the Ryuokyo Gorge north of Kinugawa, then bath at Kawaji Onsen and also Kinugawa Onsen (Asaya Ryokan's day plan).

Nikko might not have the best shrine or temple in Japan, but as a overnight destination with visits to onsen it can be fully recommended.

Visited June 2013
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Bali, Indonesia
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“Atmospheric but a Long Haul”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

It rained gently during our trip, the mist covered the top of the tallest trees i'd ever seen and you felt intimidated and in awe of the setting, which was perfectly chosen for a Shrine. Sadly the Temple is being renovated which no-one thought to tell us when we purchased our Heritage Pass.

We spent two hours viewing the sites and enjoyed the time but there is little in the way of shops, Nikko town centre offers nothing (other than the excellent cake shop next to the station - Pumpkin pudding is an experience) and as you stand waiting at the bus stop or station, wasting yet more valuable time, it all seems rather unfullfilling unless you have longer and can do the lakes and waterfalls. All in all, in hindsight I'd not make the 6 hour round trip for the experience. Kamakura simply offers so much more.

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Probably the best thing in Tokyo, which isnt saying much”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

It takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours each way to get there and you take about 2 hours to see the sites. I was very underwhelmed by Japan in general and Tokyo in particular. But Nikko shrine was pretty nice. Its no where near as spectacular as Ankor Wat, Bagan or many other places in SE Asia and India. But for a bland country like Japan, Nikko is cool.

Visited May 2013
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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“Most beautiful shires we have seen in Japan”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

The shrines are located on the mountain slope between the trees. Go early and enjoy the peace and silence, and the magnificent shrines.

Visited April 2013
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