This shrine is the most beautiful that I have ever seen in either Japan or China. The exquisitely detailed carvings, fantastic paintings etc are like no other.
This is an overwhelming site with multiple historic and amazing buildings and shrines. You are taken away by the history of this place and the solemnity is something I've not experienced anywhere else.
So worth the trip if you can do it on your own, but probably not worth taking a tour like we did since the most spectacular portion is now covered off.
The visit to Nikko was spectacular, there are three main temples: 1-Rinnoji Temple that is right now under reconstruction. It has three large Buddha figures at the Sanbutsudoh Hall. It was possible to go in and see the reparations been made. 2-Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616), the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It has a mixture of Shinto... More
Another great visit in Japan. Very intricate carvings on the structures and complex roof; heaps of colour; and the walk in the trees is really enjoyable. Best part is that you're so near Tokyo but that does mean more people and having to pay for a lot. Still, you're in Nikko so if you need some R&R you're never far... More
A tour bus stop, it can get crowded. Also the main gate is close. Entrance fee is 1300Yen, it now includes everything the tomb and the sleeping cat and crying dragon. Too bad there is no explanation in English. Other than that, the cravings are wonderful.
We did a day trip and it was a wonderful break. Nikko is a 2 hour train ride from Tokyo. It's nice to see the country side and the views around the shrines are quite stunning. You have to take a bus from the main train station to the shrines, but it's a simple loop. The only downside is that... More
We visited on a day between typhoons, which meant pouring rain. The hundreds of stairs were like waterfalls. But the shrines themselves were so amazing, we likened the craftsmanship and detailing to European cathedrals. Absolutely beautiful. Couldn't see all since a few were off limits due to renovations that won't be completed till 2016. The ones we did see...stunning.
The Toshogu shrine is fabulous. It is spectacular. It is a beautiful tribute to the famous Tokugawa shogun who united Japan. To see his resting place you need to climb over 200 steps uphill from the shrine below. It is well worth the effort to pay tribute to this leader. But don't be disappointed at the mass of people that... More
About 60 miles from Tokyo, this shrine has to be experienced. The park is quite large, and the path leading to the entrance is very wide, making the journey pleasant despite the thousands of visitors. The walkway is all gravel, and several good rest stops and restaurants and shops are available before entering the actual park. The colors, paintings, sculpture... More
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