Pictures cannot do this place justice! Toshogu Shrine just might be one of my favourite shrine I have visited in Japan. It was golden and eneveloped with decorations that highlighted so much history and culture- you can definitely get lost in the beauty of this place and it's not one you would want to rush through. The details are exquisite and it would be a shame to let it go unnoticed or unappreciated. One small detail that did take a way from my experience was the large crowd. Toshogu Shrine attracts a lot of tour groups, so if you want to avoid the crowds, try and visit early in the morning and on a weekday.
The stunning buildings are lacquered and decorated with vibrant colours, and the pillars and other structures are covered in carvings. The carvings convey expressions of religious belief as well as scholarship and philosophy. Another special features of the shrine complex is the use of paths and stairways that follow the natural topography.
From Tobu and Jr Nikko Stations you can access buses that takes around 10 minutes and costs 310 yen one way, 500 yen day pass or opt for the 2 day passes. If you're feeling adventurous Toshogu along with other shrines and temples are about a 30-40 minute walk from the station.
Hours & Fees
Opens from 8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from November to March); admission ends 30 minutes before closing.
Shrines: 1300 yen, Museum: 1000 yen and combined for 2100 yen.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tip for Toshogu Shrine ! Let me know if you prefer sites filled with fellow travellers or more secluded/off-beat tracks.