Toshogu Shrine is the most visited place in Nikko. It is the burial site of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years, until 1868. (The shrine is being renovated in stages from 2007 to 2024, but only a few buildings are being worked on a time.)
The five story pagoda stands in front of the main entrance gate area.
From this point forward is the paid entrance area. The cost of a ticket is 1300 yen. That sounds rather pricy for a shrine admission, but I think it was worth it. It was beautiful and interesting and I'm sure the upkeep on this place is high.
|These elephants were thought to be carved by an artist who had never seen real elephants.|