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JAPAN

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER

Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

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  5. Shrines and Temples
  6. Nikko-Tosho-gu Shrine

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Attractions

Nikko-Tosho-gu ShrineTochigi

Tokugawa Hidetada built Nikko Tosho-gu in 1617 to enshrine his father Tokugawa Ieyasu, in accordance with instructions in his will. Ieyasu had been the first shogun of the Tokugawa family, which governed Japan over some 250 years from 1603. Later, Iemitsu, the grandson of Ieyasu, carried out extensive renovation work on the shrine to give it its present form. The most advanced architectural technologies of the time were fully utilized in the construction of the buildings within the Tosho-gu, which features brightly-colored elaborate carvings. In a reflection of the integrating concept of Shin-Butsu Shugo (combining the learning of Shinto and Buddhism), the architectural styles of shrines and of Buddhist temples are mingled in these buildings, giving them a uniquely original style. The imposing gate, the Yomei-mon, is the best-known symbol of the shrine. As many as 500 brightly-colored carvings fill the front of the gate in colors such as white, black, gold, navy, green, blue, and vermilion. The finest decorative skills available in Japan at the time were used on the gate. It is said, however, that members of the general public were not allowed to go through it. Yomei-mon is designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government and a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site by UNESCO.
 
Address & Access
Address: 2301 Sannai, Nikko-shi, Tochigi
Admission Fee: 1,300 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year
Directions
JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko Station/Bus/7 min./Shinkyo Bus Stop/10 min.