Nikko Tosho-gu

Nikko Tosho-gu

Nikko Tosho-gu
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia705 contributions
Mar 2021
Toshogu Shrine is a magnificent memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. Countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf were used to decorate the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, where simplicity has been traditionally stressed in shrine architecture. Among the many buildings at Toshogu, particularly notable ones include a pretty five story pagoda in front of the main entrance gate. Despite Covid, there were long lines to enter. Admission fee is 1300 yen. Easily accessible with the world heritage bus ticket and get off at stop 82/83.
Written 7 January 2022
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,555 contributions
Sep 2021
世界遺産に登録されている日光の社寺の中で、恐らく最も参拝客の多い神社と言えよう。
他の社寺と比較して、境内にある建築物の配色は色鮮やかで、梁や柱などに施された緻密な彫刻には目を見張るものがある。『絢爛豪華』とはまさにこの神社を指すのだろう。境内そのものが彫刻作品の屋外ギャラリーと言っても過言ではない。その分、写真撮影のために立ち止まる観光客も多く、特に土日祝日の日中の混雑ぶりは敬遠したくなる。建物の彫刻は勿論、建物内の絵画(鳴き龍や狩野探幽筆の麒麟等)も素晴らしく、数百年経過した今でもはっきりと鑑賞することが出来る(御本社や薬師堂等の建物内は撮影禁止)。
境内の各建物間の移動は基本的に階段であるため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方等にとっては利用しづらいかもしれない。境内にはコインロッカー等は無いため、大きな荷物はホテルもしくは駐車した車内に置く必要がある。

Of all the shrines and temples in Nikko that are registered as World Heritage sites, it's probably the most visited shrine.
Compared to other shrines and temples, the color scheme of the buildings in the precincts is more vivid, and the intricate carvings on the beams and pillars are remarkable. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the precinct itself is an open-air gallery of carvings. However, they are the cause of many tourists stopping to take pictures, and the crowds during the day, especially on weekends and holidays, make you feel to avoid to visit there.
In addition to the carvings on the buildings, the paintings inside the buildings (such as Naki-Ryu (Singing dragon), and a Qilin by Kano Tanyu) are wonderful. Even after hundreds of years, you can still see them clearly (photography is not allowed inside the buildings such as the main shrine and Yakushido).
The buildings on the precincts are basically accessed using slightly bumpy passage or stairs, which may be difficult to use for people with disabilities such as wheelchairs. There are no coin-operated lockers in the precincts, so you'll need to leave your large luggage at your hotel or in your parked car.
Written 11 November 2021
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100nights19flights
Japan234 contributions
Jun 2021
An excellent place if you time your visit outside peak hours. The Covid precautions were very good. The "roaring dragon" is a must see.
Written 13 June 2021
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Ramadurai R
Cincinnati, OH122 contributions
May 2021
Simply amazing to see this place, detailed art work as you walk around. Don't forget to see the outer part of the shirne where you have to climb up 207 foot steps!
Written 4 June 2021
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Andre_BAZ
Bristol, United Kingdom40 contributions
May 2020
This world heritage site is worth day trip to Nikko if visiting Tokyo. Straight forward to get here from Tobu Asakusa station and then a taxi or bus from Nikko station. The shrine was built for Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that would govern Japan from 1603 until the Meiji restoration in 1867 and is a very elaborate set of different builds made out of wood with very complex and beautiful carvings and vivid colors. One of the greatest human architectural achievements.
Written 10 April 2021
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand131 contributions
Nov 2020
Easy to get to from Nikko station. Just take a bus for 200Yen from the station or get an all day pass if seeing all the sites and have time on hand.
The shrine is amazing craftsmanship in honor to Ieyasu Tokugawa Japans first Shogun after the warring states period.
I visited third week of November and there was still some lovely Autumn foliage to be seen.
The Cedars lined walkways and surrounding shrines and temples were lovely but this is definitely in my top 3 of all places visited in Japan.
Written 19 November 2020
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Axelle
Minato, Japan8 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Beautiful. It is really worth visiting if you are staying in Tokyo, only 2 hours away. Our kids - 8 and 10 also enjoyed it.
Written 13 August 2020
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makimuranakano
9 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
First animals is sleeping cat that called NEMURI-NEKO.2 tree sparrow was back side the sleeping cat and that is to mean the peaceful years of the Edo period(1603-1868)
Second animals are 3 wise monkeys,MIZARU・IWAZARU・KIKAZARU.that is to mean see no evil,speak no evil,hear no evil,that monkeys portrayed of life.
Thirdly,NAKI-RYU is drowned ceiling oriental dragon. Buddhist priest perform on a certain location,the dragon roared.This area is not take photographs.
NIKKO-TOSHOGU was dedicated to memory of IEYASU TOKUGAWA faundation of an Edo(Tokyo)city.We observe the decencies here.
Written 16 July 2020
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Dioc
Athens, GA180 contributions
Oct 2019
What a great day trip from Tokyo. The train trip from Tokyo was relaxing and once there you get on the bus that takes you to the Shrine. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will know why when you visit. The Shrine was completed in 1636 and it took 4.5 million artisans and workers 1.5 years to complete the groups of buildings that are more elaborate and gorgeous than any other Japanese temple or shrine. There are a lot of steps but it is doable if you are not rushed. Especially the steps to Leuasu Toshogu's grave site. One thing to know is that the Shinzo Sacred Bridge is an extra fee to cross and once you get across you have to go back across to exit that site and go on to the Shrine.
Written 16 June 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,460 contributions
Feb 2020
This beautiful temple is a must-see if you're visiting Japan. Wander through the temple, admire the exquisite attention to detail, and soak in the history (it was built in the 16th century). Specifically, look for the carving of the Three Monkeys, which are the basis for the "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil" monkeys that are common nowadays. It's a calm place, even when there are a lot of visitors.
Written 7 May 2020
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