Shrines and Temples of Nikko

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Shrines and Temples of Nikko Reviews

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Shrine and Temple Overload Aug 14, 2014
If your visiting Japan and only have a limited amount of time to see shrines and temples then Nikko is the place to go.

When I planned the trip from Ginza to Nikko I worked it out that it would take a little over 2 hours to get there, but it ended up taking 3 hours. If your travelling from Tokyo you'll take the shinkansen to Utsunomiya station, where you then take a train to Nikko station. However, trains from Utsunomiya to Nikko run approx every 80 minutes, which I didn't know and had to wait an hour at the station. So remember this when planning your trip to Nikko.

The shrines and temples of Nikko are a UNESCO world heritage site and worthy of the praise. They are carved into the landscape beautifully. There's so many shrines and temples to see that I'll let the photo's speak more about them than I could.

Its a great day trip from Tokyo and I highly recommend visiting.
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EDO Wonderland (Edomura village in Nikko Japan) May 24, 2011
Edo wonderland is a large samurai open air museum with the entire place dedicated to the portrayal of the EDO era of ninja. I truly enjoy this place as it has many live performances with geisha dance (thumbs up), ninja fighting and stunts, traditional japanese dances as well as lotsa ninja houses to explore.

I recommend 4 hours to finish the museum and shows. I have to run from one place to another to catch the various shows. All the staff there are dressed in the EDO period which makes it so interesting. There are various shops around selling Japanese souvenir and the prices are really good. It is a total walk back in time feel !

The Edomura village is a short bus ride from Nikko in tochigi prefecture – about 2 hours north of Tokyo on the train (board at Asakusa tourist center) and you need to take another bus at Nikko to reach this village which is about 20 mins bus journey.
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Amazing looking temples & shrines in a beautiful surrounding Jul 14, 2000
This was one of the reasons why I went to Japan. I had read about this and saw several photos and just knew I had to see this with my own eyes. Now, this was an optional part of the tour. I could have chosen to stay in Tokyo. But I was happy that I didn't!

To reach the place, we walked for about 30 minutes. It was quite a walk, as the road was ascending throughout. Once we reached, we went to the entrance and bought a ticket. Now, there were several options to pick. We choose a combination ticket to see the Rinnoji Temple, the Toshogu Shrine, Taiyuinbyo (Iemitsu Mausoleum) and the Futarasan Shrine. It costs currently 1000 yen (around 9 euro or around 13 US dollars).

The first to see was the Rinnoji Temple, with the Sambutsudo the main hall. The place around was really beautiful. Lots of trees and decorative garden parts. One of the features we saw, was the Sorinto, a 13 meter high "tower" to scare off evil spirits.

We then walked underneath the Ishidorii, a giant granite torii (gate), passing Gojunoto, a 5 story pagoda, before we reached the Toshogu Shrine. This shrine was build for Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. They ruled Japan for over 250 years.

Shinkyu was one of the first beautiful building I saw and featured several wood carvings. The most noticeable one were the 3 monkeys which displayed: hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.

Then we reached the main feature of the shire: Yomeimon. Very beautifully decorated with gold and colourful carvings, guard tower, bell tower and amazing details. Truelly a feast for your eyes. I kept on clicking with my camera!

We then walked by the Shomen Karamon to reach the Futarasan Shrine, which is dedicated to the mountain Nantai. Not as colourful as Yomeimon but the surrounding was very beautiful with tall trees all around us.

The last shrine we visited was the Iemitsu Mausoleum (Taiyuinbyo). The remains of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Another demonstration of craftsmanship by the builders and another beautiful location with all the surrounding green.

In my opinion and for this kind of money, this is a must see when you are in Tokyo and you have time to spare. You can wonder here for hours and the place has much more to offer then just the shrines and temples!
Sambutsudo of the Rinnoji Temple
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