Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
4.5
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We nearly missed this, not realising it was a separate place to the main Toshogu shrine. It is so worth seeing - the buildings are so intricate and full of carvings. It was much quieter than Toshogu and it was much easier to enjoy the experience.
Written 1 May 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was significantly less crowded than the Toshogu shrine. I also read that the design for Iemitsu’s was a bit understated in deference to his grandfather’s. Nonetheless the grounds and buildings were beautiful.

There were multiple sets of stairs that had to be climbed in order to progress through the grounds before finally reaching the shrine itself. Each set of stairs ended at the top with a gate. Each looked fancier than the last as we got closer to the mausoleum and also were decorated with large sculptures of flowers or kings and deities. They were quite intricately painted and worth a closeup view.

We also passed the Drum and Bell Towers with their large Taiko Drum and hanging bell.

The shrine was split into two areas. The Haiden was available for worshipping but the Honden could only be viewed from the outside.

One nice touch was the very detailed bilingual signage that provided a wealth of details about the different buildings in Taiyuin.

While it was a short walk from the Toshogu shrine there were a couple other temples to explore next to Taiyuin if one has the time.
Written 23 November 2023
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan5,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
江戸幕府三代目将軍である徳川家光を祀った霊廟である。彼の遺言では、祖父である徳川家康を祀る日光東照宮を超えないように地味な廟にするように、ということであるが、それでも各建物の梁や柱などの細部に至るまで緻密な彫刻は、豪華絢爛というに相応しい。
日光東照宮にある『見ざる聞かざる言わざる』や『眠り猫』のような、名物スポットとなり得るようなユニークな彫刻作品は少ないため(仁王門の仁王像は、色合いも豪華で見応えがある)、写真撮影等の目的で観光客で混雑するようなスポットはほとんどない。二荒山神社より西に位置し、日光東照宮や輪王寺からやや離れていることもあり、観光客や参拝客は比較的少ない。観光客の煩わしい喧騒をあまり感じず静かに散策出来るスポットの一つと言える。
門や鐘楼などの建物を鑑賞するには、階段を使用して移動するのが主となるため、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方等は利用しづらいと感じるだろう。

This is the mausoleum dedicated to Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Edo Shogunate. According to his last will and testament, he wanted the mausoleum to be modest so that it would not surpass Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which enshrines his grandfather Tokugawa Ieyasu, but even so, the detailed carvings on the beams and pillars of each building are worthy of being called luxurious and gorgeous.
Since there are few unique sculptures like "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" or "Sleeping cat" in Nikko Toshogu that could be a famous spot, there are few spots that are crowded with tourists for taking photos. Of course, the Niou statues at Niomon Gate are worth seeing with its gorgeous colors. Located west of Futarasan Shrine and a bit far from Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Rinnoji Temple, there are relatively few tourists and worshippers. It's one of the spots where you can stroll quietly without feeling the hustle and bustle of tourists.
The main way to view the gates, bell tower and other buildings is to use the stairs. Therefore, people with disabilities such as wheelchairs may find it difficult to use them.
Written 13 November 2021
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Ramadurai R
Nashville, TN148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Amazing shire, lots of detail and very well preserved. It is so interesting to see the whole place and walk around
Written 4 June 2021
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Dioc
Athens, GA179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lemitsu Taiyuin's Temple and burial site. He was the third Shogun in the Toshogu line and the one who built his grandfather Leyasu's Shrine. His Shrine was completed in 1653. It is a beautiful as his Grandfather's Shrine but not as many visitors. The stone lanterns and the landscaping around the site were amazing. The Japanese Cypress trees in the Shrine areas are amazing.
Written 17 June 2020
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Taiyuimbyo Shrine is not on the same area as the others, so it's less crowded. However, it's very relaxed and nice. It's worth spending some more time in Nikko to see this one.
Written 19 January 2020
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It is really a unique shrine and it is a must to see.
I visited on a Saturday (October) and it was not crowded at all.
Check out the details. It is amazing!
Written 17 December 2019
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Le Vuexre
Germany115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A unique shrine which is more decorated than others. Also it is situated amongst large zedar trees. Just great.
BUT
Unfortuneately super-crowded. Go there at 9 am when it opens and have at least 10 minutes for yourself.
Written 8 December 2019
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The 'Taiyuin Temple' or Mausoleum was just beautiful. Accessed through a walk and climb up some steep stone steps in amongst the forest I found this place to be quieter and more spiritual than the other over-crowded shrines and temples within the Nikko complex. You pass through several gates, including a beautiful Chinese Gate, until you reach the Main Hall and Prayer Hall. Intricately carved and ornately decorated with gold leaf it is a stunning structure set in a naturally beautiful location. There are numerous stone lanterns donated by daimyo feudal lords in a scenic spot.
At the back of the Main Hall you will find the Kokamon Gate, constructed in the Dragon Shrine style, behind which the interred remains of Lemitsu lay. Despite its beauty and my recommendation to visit it the location and the steep steps that access this temple mean that it is not, in my opinion, suitable for very small children, the elderly or those with medical or mobility conditions.
Written 6 December 2019
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NewcastleKiwigirl
Melbourne, Australia96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is a long way in from the main gates of the shrine complex (so not such a concentration of visitors) but worth the walk. You also have to climb a lot of steps to get up to the mausoleum and so you feel like you are up among the trees. The statues, details in the building and the beautiful stone lanterns are all impressive. We visited several shrines in Japan but I remember this one more than the others.
Written 3 December 2019
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