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Visiting the UNESCO Shrines & Temples in Nikko (guide)

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Published on 03.31.2016 One of the World Heritage sites designated by UNESCO, “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” in Tochigi Prefecture is located North from Tokyo, only two hours away by rail. Nikko is the place where you could find its natural beauty and one of the must-see historical architectures in Japan.

Tosho-gu is the most well-known shrine of “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”.
It houses the mausoleum of Ieyasu Tokugawa, who founded Tokugawa shogunate. Ieyasu died at age 75 in 1616, and was buried with Shinto rites at Kunozan in Shizuoka Prefecture. His body was moved to Tosho-gu in 1617.

There are fifty-five shrine buildings in Tosho-gu and most of them were reconstructed in 1636. The most popular sculpture is “San-zaru” (Three monkeys) at Shinkyu-sha. Shinkyu-sha is a stable for the sacred horse. The ancients believed that monkeys protected horses, so some monkeys are depicted on Shinkyu-sha.

Another attractive shrine building in Tosho-gu is Yomeimon (“mon” means gate). Yomeimon is recognized as the one of the most beautiful gates in Japan and it is designated as a national treasure. There are more than five hundred sculptures, and they describe the traditions and anecdotes, child’s play, and saints or wise men. Yomenmon is also famous for its upside-down pillar. Only one pillar is set up upside down on purpose, for the reason being to avoid bad luck. This is because according to an ancient proverb, “A building starts falling down when it is completed,” so a building finished imperfectly should never fall down!

Tosho-gu:
Opening Hours:
1st April - 31st October: 8am - 5pm (Reception - 4:30pm)
1st November - 31st March: 8am – 4pm (Reception – 3:30pm)
* Open throughout the year

Admission:
  ¥1,300 (Adults and High school students)
¥450 (Primary school & Junior high school students)
* Museum tickets are not included. Group (35 and more) discount is available.

As mentioned at the beginning, Nikko is surrounded by beautiful natural and historical architecture. You may like to visit other UNESCO shrines & temples, such as Nikosan Rinno-ji Temple or Futarasan-jinja Shrine to see the history. Or if you would like to enjoy nature and cleanse your energy, you could try some of the hiking trails in the area. The waterfalls of Nikko will surely take your breath away.

Staying overnight would be a great opportunity to explore Nikko, and to enjoy all of its nature, history, and culture. There are some Ryokan (Japanese style accommodations) in Nikko - you may like to experience Onsen (hot springs). However, for those who have a tight schedule, some day tours by bus from Tokyo are also available.

How to get to Nikko:
By JR & Tobu Direct Line from Shinjuku/Ikebukuro Railway station
By Tobu Line from Asakusa/Tokyo Sky Tree Railway station


Source: Happy in Japan (Youtube)

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