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Nikko Tosho-gu

2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
+81 288-54-0560
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2301 Sannai, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
+81 288-54-0560
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was strongly recommended to visit Nikkō Tōshō-gū when visiting Japan and I couldn't understand why since I had visited a temple in Asakusa just the day before. But once I stepped foot here, I totally understood what all the hype was about. It's absolutely...More

2  Thank eugenia27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Likely to be your first stop when you get to Nikko, take your time exploring this temple as it has many interesting things to see which lead to some people considering this to be the best temple in Japan.

1  Thank Daryl S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Toshogu Shrine is astonishing - worth going to even when full of visitors. Be sure to walk up the pathway to the smaller shrine up in the woods.

1  Thank PortugaltotheWorld
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nikko Tosho-gu temple it's a great place to visit. 2hrs far from Tokyo can be reach comfortably by train. The location is absolutely outstanding and fulfilled of spirituality! If you go there to visit the Tosho-gu shire temple buy the audio guide and enjoy the...More

1  Thank 263MarcoC263
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I visited Nikko in May 2016 on a short day trip from Tokyo. We walked from the station, and while it took roughly 20-30 minutes, it's a lovely walk, aside from the big tour buses passing by. You begin to hear water...More

2  Thank jennigens
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Visited Toshogu Shrine during summer in June 2017. Getting here is easy by Nikko World Heritage loop bus from Nikko train station for 500 yen all day. From the bus stop, the shrine can be reached by 5 minute walk uphill. Entrance fee is 1,300...More

3  Thank fajaradiartha
Reviewed 16 July 2017

The Toshogu shrine gate is one of the most beautiful and extravagant gates in the world. Currently the Toshogu shrine is under renovation. Beautiful art carving on the walls around the main hall. Highly recommended.

2  Thank yfylou
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Starting from the famous red Shinkyo bridge crossing the Daiya river, where everyone competes to get a pic, you can make your way, uphill towards the Tosho-gu shrine. It’s a bit of a hike and plenty of slippery steps but nothing too strenuous unless you’re...More

1  Thank Gringo999
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I went to Nikko for Christmas 2016 so there wasn't much snow yet. I went there to see the three wise monkeys and thought it would be a little bigger but I still wasn't disappointed in the trip there. I was nice being out of...More

1  Thank Amber M
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We spent the last week touring Temples and Shrines throughout Japan. This one really brought it all together for me relative to the history of the Shoguns. Visiting Osaka castle to complete the picture really helped. We did the audio guide here and it was...More

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Eric t
5 March 2017|
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Response from fire-tower | Reviewed this property |
It's a World Heritage Site and definitely worth a visit, but you probably need to do your research to see how many days you intend to visit. Plan ahead in terms of lodging and transport. It's totally different from the main... More
15 October 2016|
Response from Aitoh | Reviewed this property |
Utsunoniya SGG is an organization operated by local offers guide @ free. Their guide service requires pre booking as they are volunteers. To well understand history of areas, I recommend to have a guide go around w you.
2 June 2016|
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Response from MacyMck | Reviewed this property |
Hi The bad news is that almost ALL steps up to shrines in Japan are built with a high steps. The idea is that you will then approach these with reverence. Some, e.g. Daigoji gate in Kyoto actually have a bar across the top... More