Nikko Toshogu

Japan’s Iconic World Heritage Site and Shrine Dedicated to the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa

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Shinto shrine

Nikko Toshogu is a shrine dedicated to the Edo shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. It is the most visited spot within the World Heritage Site “Shrines and Temples of Nikko,” and here you can see 55 exceptional buildings, including 8 that have been designated as national treasures and 34 that have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. Lacquers and beautiful colors applied by skilled craftsmen from across Japan decorate the buildings, and the pillars feature various sculptures and figures.
The shrine’s “Five-Storied Pagoda” is over 36 meters tall, yet it is also earthquake-resistant. The same seismic base isolation techniques used on the pagoda are also used in Tokyo Skytree’s earthquake control system. Nikko Toshogu is also famous for its sculptures of the “three wise monkeys,” which see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil. Furthermore, the entire grounds is covered in a wide variety of vivid sculptures, so there’s always something to see, like “Yomeimon,” which is also known as “higurashi-no-mon.”
Nikko Toshogu is part of the World Heritage Site “The Shrines and Temples of Nikko.”

Highlights

  • Shrine is dedicated to the Edo shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa
  • Features 55 beautiful buildings, including 8 national treasures and 34 Important Cultural Properties
  • Registered as part of the World Heritage Site “The Shrines and Temples of Nikko”
  • Audio guide equipment rentals available (requires payment; available in Japanese, English, and Chinese)

Photos

  • Yomeimon
  • Five-Storied Pagoda
  • Carving of the three wise monkeys

Reviews

  • 李志豪

    東照宮乃是日光中世界遺產出名的。剛復修完畢,我們也參觀了。其中最著名的乃是代表非禮勿視,非禮勿聽,非禮勿言的猴子。

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Basic Information

Official Name
Toshogu
Founded
1617
Postal Code
321-1431
Address
2300 Sannai, Nikko City, Tochigi
Telephone
0288-54-0560
Admission
High school students and older 1,300 yen, elementary and junior high school students 450 yen
Closed
No holidays
Hours
April-October 8:00am-5:00pm
November-March 8:00am-4:00pm
※Reception closes 30 minutes before closing
Access
About 8 minutes by World Heritage sightseeing bus (Tobu bus) from the JR Nikko Line’s Nikko Station or the Tobu Nikko Line’s Tobu Nikko Station to the Omotesando stop, then about 5 minutes on foot
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

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