When visiting Nikko, you cannot miss Toshogu Shrine, the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868.
The shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest, and the use of paths and stairways that follow the natural topography of the site create a magnificent atmosphere.
You will note that Toshogu contains both Shinto and Buddhist elements. The buildings are lacquered and decorated with vibrant colors and gold leaf, and there are countless wood carvings covering the structures and pillars. 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!
8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from November to March); admission ends 30 minutes before closing
1300 yen (shrine), 1000 yen (museum), 2100 yen (shrine and museum)
Toshogu is located a 30 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride (310 yen one way, 500 yen day pass, covered by the Nikko Passes) from Tobu and JR Nikko Stations.
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