Nikko Tosho-guCurrently Closed
- 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
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.
- Mentioned ticket price includes admission to all parts of the shrine.
- Given closing hours are for the months of April to October.
- JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko Station/Bus/7 min./Shinkyo Bus Stop/10 min
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67.18% of people who visit Nikko include Nikko Tosho-gu in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
84.48% of people start their Nikko Tosho-gu visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Nikko Tosho-gu
78.26% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nikko Tosho-gu
A very lavish, commercialized mausoleum with a hefty entry fee (1300 yen) and several shops inside selling the usual shrine stuff. Great architecture and carvings that can take an hour or so to appreciate. It's just not very nice when the place gets crowded with schoolkids and tour groups that destroy what little peace there is. Overall interesting but again, too commercialized.
This is the Tomb (Monument) dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Beautiful architecture clearly influenced by ancient Chinese palace. If you like the history of Feudal Japan, you have to visit this place. You don't have to worship him, just show some respect, this guy ended the warring states and brought peace.
Best place to visit while in Nikko. Recently renovated, looks stunning with fine carvings and decoration. Better to visit before 3.30 p.m to see the temple properly. Most of the entrance closed after 3.30p.m.
World Heritage pine lined trees are a wonderful to look at. Unfortunately we are unable to look closely inside the temple as it is very crowded with school children at this time Oct 23rd. Lots of mini Temple made of wood with intricate carving and and some parts is still being restored.
As a registered UNESCO site, there is no denying the importance and historical significance of Nikko Toshogu Shrine. However, those who do plan to make the trip should be aware of the distance and lack of accessibility (particularly for wheelchair users) before embarking. Of the total area, a bit less than half of the shrine is wheelchair accessible, and even the accessible area is difficult to move around in. Due to its registration as a heritage site, there is also little chance that the site will be made any more accessible than it already has been. Most of the site is documented in Google Street View, so it is possible to see many of the inaccessible locations or decide if it is worth the trek. You can read our full accessibility review on the Accessible Japan website