Toshogu Shrine

Tokyo, Japan


Eugenia Dorozhkina

This temple made Nikko so popular– Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years. His mausoleum is one of the most splendid shrines in east Japan and is famous for its fine wood carvings, gilding and legendary statues – the three wise monkey (don't see, don't hear, don't speak), an elephant and a sleeping cat. The legend says the cat protected the shrine from mice for all these years. A must bring is a pair of wool socks if you plan to visit in fall or winter – shoes are not allowed in shrines and the floor is cold. Staying warm will let you admire the beauty instead of shivering. Admission is Y1300.


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