Tosho-gu Shrine

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The most important shrine in Nikko is reached by a long stone staircase. Dazzling with gold and colours, it was built in 1634-36 and houses the mausoleum of the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. A five-storey pagoda (Gojunoto) stands to the left of an impressive torii. A second staircase leads to a gate - Omote-mon - followed by a courtyard with sacred storehouses and a stable decorated with the famous monkey trio. At the top of another staircase you come to a splendid gate decorated with numerous sculptures, Yomei-mon, which leads into the sacred hangar (Shinyosha). The last gate, Kara-mon, opens onto the central shrine (Honsha).

Useful information

Address:

Derrière le Rinno-ji Nikko

Price:

1300 ¥

Opening hours

8am-5pm (Nov-Mar: 4pm)

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When the country opened up to foreigners in the late 19C, the cool summer weather and high altitude of Lake Chuzenji (1 200m) quickly won the hearts of Western tourists, diplomats and writers. The resort offered an escape from the stifling heat of Tokyo, without visitors having to travel too far.
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Okunikko’s natural assets

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Nikko, an exceptional and sacred place

In 1999, the whole world paid tribute to the baroque splendour of the shrines and temples of Nikko that gleam among the giant cedars, when the complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These architectural masterpieces are tightly bound up with the history of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled from the 17C to the 19C.
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