Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Tochigi

The “Nikko Toshogu Shrine” that is the most famous in the Shrines and the Temples of Nikko is the Shinto shrine where Tokugawa Ieyasu was enshrined. The current main shrine group was rebuilt in “Kanei no Daizoutai” (Major Alteration in Kanei period) by the third Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu. The architectural beauty of the early years of the Edo Period, which being lacquered and rich colored on the building, is seen in it.


There are many sights to see in the Nikko Toshogu Shrine including the three wise monkeys ‘which neither see, speak nor listen’. By order of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu that “You may spend as much money as you want for the construction and the design” in this Toshogu, it had been built luxuriously.


The splendid main shrine, five-storied pagoda, gate, garden lanterns form a line in the precincts, all of them are solemn and splendid. The gorgeously coloured Yomei-mon Gate is particularly famous in that. It is also called “Higurashi-mon Gate”, because it is so beautiful that you see it until a day goes down.
This gate that more than 500 sculptures are engraved was designated National Treasure.


In the God stable, that famous “three monkeys” are seen. You may feel the actual carved figure is little small.


The Toshogu annual festival is held as a yearly event twice in spring and summer in Toshogu. “Sennin Musha Gyoretsu” (a procession of one thousand samurai), a procession that carries Mikoshi (portable shrine carried in festivals) goes up and down a sando (an approach to the temple), and Yabusame, which a Shinto religious horseback archery ceremony, are performed.



Name:Nikko Toshogu Shrine
Adresse:Sannai 2301 Nikko, Tochigi 321-1431 Japan
Access:JR Nikko-sen Line “Nikko-eki Station” (10 minutes by car)
Price:1,300 yen (Adult)
450 yen (Under 15 years old)
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