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Explore Nikko: Toshogu Shrine



The Toshogu is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The shrine is committed to the Ieyasu's spirits and two other of Japan's most authoritative historical personalities, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Minamoto Yoritomo.

The generously decorated shrine complex possesses more of a dozen Shinto and Buddhist edifices give a beautiful forest. In the beginning, Toshogu was a simple mausoleum, after; it was expanded into the prominent complex during the first half of the 17th century. To adorn the buildings, they used wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf; the simplicity has been accentuated in shrine architecture.

Toshogu and Nikko's other main shrines and temples are situated a 30 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride (300 Yen one way, 500 Yen day pass, covered by the Tobu free passes) from Tobu and JR Nikko Stations.

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