Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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Arguably one of the most important religious sites in Japan, the Nikko Toshogu Shrine sits in the forests of Tochigi Prefecture. The shrine houses the spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the samurai leader who united Japan in the early 1600s and became the first ruler of the eponymous Tokugawa Shogunate.


Toshogu Shrine has been undergoing a wide-ranging renovation program since 2007 and is expected to last until March 2024. Works are gradual and isolated to avoid disruption, so it is likely the impact of any visit is minimal.



2301 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi (Carte) (Directions)

Heures d'ouverture

8:00 - 16:00 Fermé

Opening Hours

Lundi 8:00 - 16:00
Mardi 8:00 - 16:00
Mercredi 8:00 - 16:00
Jeudi 8:00 - 16:00
Vendredi 8:00 - 16:00
Samedi 8:00 - 16:00
Dimanche 8:00 - 16:00
Holidays 8:00 - 16:00


¥1300 - ¥2100



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Yonmeimon Gate

With over 500 intricate carvings, the Yonmeimon is known as one of the most beautiful gates in Japan. Rows of elaborate golden dragons are carved onto the huge gate that marks the entrance towards the main shrine building. Yonmeimon gate is rightfully designated as a National Treasure, and is also known as the “Main Gate of the Imperial Court”.


Nemurineko, or Sleeping Cat, is a detailed wooden carving by Hidari Jingoro. The carving depicts a cat falling asleep while surrounded by flowers. Nemurineko is located at the East Corridor of Toshogu Shrine, where it's easily spotted by the crowds of visitors clamoring to take a photo of it.

Three Wise Monkeys

One of Toshogu Shrine’s most famous sights, the lifelike wooden carving of three monkeys are located at the stable building within the complex. The monkeys represent those who hear, speak, and see no evil — a common saying in East Asian culture.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine


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