The Nikko Toshogu Shrine is the most famous of the three World Heritage Sites in Nikko, and known for its intricately decorated facade, stunning colors and beautiful architecture. One of the most impressive structures is the Yomeimon Gate with over 500 wooden carvings. Many visitors also seek out the ‘sleeping cat’ and the ‘three wise monkeys’ carvings. Built in the early 1600s, Toshogu Shrine was the final resting place of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the shrine grounds include 55 buildings, eight national treasures and 34 important cultural properties.
Tokyo (Narita) to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko
3 h 50 min
From 4,500 yen
Nikko Toshogu Shrine
2301 Sannai, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi Prefecture
All listed travel times and costs are approximate.