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  • See & Do
  • Nikko Area

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

  • History
  • World Heritage

The Shrine where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is enshrined

The most renowned shrine of “the Shrines and Temples of Nikko”-a Japan’s leading world heritage, is where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the great Shogun who started the flourishing Edo Period, is enshrined. Most of the shrine complex you see today was rebuilt in 17th century. The shrine contains 55 buildings including 8 national treasures and 34 listed buildings. The highlights are sumptuous carvings lacquered and richly coloured brilliantly, which you will gaze at craftsmanship assembled from all over the country. Do not miss the symbol of peace “Sleeping Cat”, and the “Three Monkeys” with the “see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil” poses!

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Basic Information

Address 2301 Sannai, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-54-0560
Website http://www.toshogu.jp/
Business Hours 9:00-17:00 (April to October) 9:00-16:00 (November to March)*Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
Days Closed for Business No closing days
Price Adult 1300yen Child 450yen Disabilities Discount 100yen
Map Code 367 312 489*32

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Nikko Area

The Nikko area, in the northwestern part of the prefecture, is particularly mountainous. In the midst of the rich nature, including the 2,486-meter-high volcano Mt. Nantai, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls, there are numerous shrines and temples that are registered as UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites. From Kinugawa Onsen to Kawaji Onsen, hot springs can also be found throughout the area. There are a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy as well, such as stand-up paddleboarding in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

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