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“Almost as Elaborate and Less Crowded than Toshogu”
Review of Taiyuimbyo Shrine

Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Ranked #5 of 210 things to do in Nikko
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Only slightly more subtle that it's neighbor, Toshogu, this is a beautiful shrine with lots of color, intricate carving and interesting architecture. It is built up the side of a mountain, so you always seem to be moving toward the sky. Less crowded than Toshogu, especially the day I was there, so a better experience for me. Like Toshogu, however, there is renovation under way. It's being done in stages, so there is still plenty to see.

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Reviewed May 20, 2014

In many ways nicer than Toshogu Shrine. To get to the main temple building you follow a path that regularly turns at right angles and continues up steep flights of steps. Along the way you pass a series of elaborate gates, guarded by gruesome gods of thunder and wind. At the top, surrounded by dense forest is the main building, covered in gold and featuring beautiful carvings of herons, dragons and lions. This was built in 1653 for the grandson of the guy who is buried at Toshogu Shrine.

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Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

This temple too is as beautiful as the Toshogu Shrine complex but much smaller. If you have seen Toshogu this one is very similar. In my memory I confuse which is which. Certainly beautiful and certainly worth a visit if you have not seen the other one.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

For myself, this was the Best shrine of the day. Set in nature with a light snow covering it was a sight to see. It maintains its old world charm and tranquility. The pieces aren't as impressive but grounds with its tiny buildings and intricate fountain make it a must see.

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Recommend to start with this shrine if not it will be overwhelm but the other shrines. It is quiet if you start first. Also the autumn leaves in the compound is quiet nice as well. It is also very relaxing.

Thank houndy11
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