Nikko Tosho-gu

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 2301 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1431, Japan
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-288540560
  • Ticket Price: 1300 JPY
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

About Nikko Tosho-gu, Nikko

Estimated at a cost of 40 billion yen in the current economy, the Nikko Tosho-gu is Japan’s premier world heritage site. Constructed in the 16th century, 1636 was the year to be precise this attraction is a marvel given its spellbinding architecture of fifty-five buildings, that was erected in a considerable short span of time – seventeen months!

Every adjective to describe beauty will not justify how beautiful this attraction actually is! Following its natural topography of surging and plunging landscapes, the attraction’s fifty-five buildings, are beguiling to say the least. Oriental colors and architecture dominate every sight here.

Its historical importance lies in the fact that the Nikko Tosho-gu is where the initiator of the Tokugawa Shogunate which reined Japan for more than 250 years until 1868 - Tokugawa Ieyasu, finally rested. Accommodating both the elements of Buddhist as well as Shinto, this was a common place for locals to worship until the Meiji Period.

The five-story pagoda is the main draw of this attraction, placed right in front of the main entrance. The wood carvings, Yomeimon Gate, Honjido Hall, Nemurineko among others are what you will appreciate at this site.

Nikko Tosho-gu Ticket Prices

  • Mentioned ticket price includes admission to all parts of the shrine.

Nikko Tosho-gu Opening and Closing Hours

  • Given closing hours are for the months of April to October.

How To reach Nikko Tosho-gu by Public Transport

  • JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko Station/Bus/7 min./Shinkyo Bus Stop/10 min

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Things to Know Before Visiting Nikko Tosho-gu

  • 95% of people who visit Nikko include Nikko Tosho-gu in their plan

  • 72.13% of people start their Nikko Tosho-gu visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Nikko Tosho-gu

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

62.75% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nikko Tosho-gu

People normally club together Rinno-ji Temple and Taiyuinbyo Shrine while planning their visit to Nikko Tosho-gu.

People also prefer to start their day with Nikko Tosho-gu.

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Nikko Tosho-gu, Nikko Reviews

  • Amazing buildings and forests. The bad part is the very bad, stressed attitude of some of the monks (are they still considered monks if they act like ******** to fellow humans for no apparent reason?). Also, the place is ran like theme park; everywhere there is merchandise (also in front of some holy shrines, so it’s going to appear on your photos) and even in the main hall, where you can not even make photos because it is so special and holy, part of the room is taken up by yet another gift shop to get more money. That’s on top of the 1300yen entrance fee that it is. I wish them all the luck with renovations, but please relocate these monks to a place that is not open to the public and let them simmer in their grumpiness alone.

  • It’s awesome to see how ancient people built such a massive complex in the middle of a forest without destroying much of the nature. It also impressive to see so much detail in being put for its restoration work. The complex blends into the nature. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the overflowing tourists.

  • Awesome building..must come! You can spent your time there to enjoy the history! Also visit the museum and have cup of coffee~

  • Very impresive structures. Was there around 10:30 on a Thursday and there was a crowd but it was bearable. JR Rail pass got us all the way to Nikko from Tokyo (But not via the direct train). Costs about $5 to get the bus from Nikko station to this Temple. Didn't get the audioguide which cost extra on top of the 1300 JPY admission. Could easily spend all day here.

  • The history and beauty is still mind blowing. Went when it was rainy and foggy but it didn't ruin it at all, only added to the atmosphere and the experience. Could not recommend going enough. It was like dreaming being their.

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