Nikko Toshogu Shrine

4.88 Reviews
Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Photo: Steve Morton / JT)

The Nikko Toshogu Shrine is arguably one of the most important religious sites in Japan and is located in the forests of Tochigi Prefecture. The shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the samurai leader who united Japan in the early 1600s and the first ruler of the Tokugawa shogunate of the same name, which ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868.



2301 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi (Directions)


9:00 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday 9:00 - 17:00
Friday 9:00 - 17:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
Holidays 9:00 - 17:00


¥1300 - ¥2100

Phone Number


What's unique

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

General Amenities

  • Paid parking
  • Information Counter
  • Souvenir shop
  • Shops

Related Articles

14 articles
The Grandeur of Toshogu Shrine

The Grandeur of Toshogu Shrine

Nicole Bauer

Impressive shrine complex; through the fantastic setting, bright colors and elaborate decorations one can still feel the wealth and power during the Tokugawa shogunate.

Tochigi 9.3k 2
Hongu Shrine in Nikko

Hongu Shrine in Nikko


Hongu Shrine in Nikko is an auxiliary shrine of Futarasan Shrine. Registered as one of the 103 World Heritage buildings of the Temples and Shrines of Nikko, Hongu Shrine features stone torii gates, a vermilion worship hall, good luck stones and the popular Hongu Cafe.

Tochigi 1.6k 2
Nikko's Famous Toshogu Shrine

Nikko's Famous Toshogu Shrine


As part of the 'Shrines and Temples of Nikko,' Nikko Toshogu Shrine, located in Tochigi Prefecture, was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1999. The decorative detail of its architecture is amazing and well worth the visit to see.

Tochigi 1.0k 2
View all articles

Nikko Toshogu Shrine


7 Reviews
  • 5 star 5
  • 4 star 2
  • 3 star 0
  • 2 star 0
  • 1 star 0


Near Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko’s Kanaya Hotel

Nikko’s Kanaya Hotel

Tomoko Kamishima

Nikko Kanaya Hotel commands the best location for access to Nikko’s World Heritage Site. You can enjoy every bit of Nikko’s charm with this hotel as your Nikko base.

Tochigi 10.0k 2
The Kanaya Hotel in Nikko

The Kanaya Hotel in Nikko

Tomoko Kamishima

If you stay at the Kanaya Hotel, I recommend that you become an “early bird”. You will never forget the mystic view of the Shinkyo red bridge, and the emerald green river

Tochigi 9.5k
Rinnoji Temple

Rinnoji Temple

Among Nikko’s many world-renowned temples, stands the vibrantly colored Rinnoji (輪王寺), which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Shodo Shonin, a Buddhist monk credited for introducing Buddhism to Nikko, founded the temple in the eight century. Lush forests and the mountainous landscapes of Mount Nantai, Nyoho, and Taro surround the collection of buildings, creating an atmosphere of sacred solitude. Many notable Buddhist figures were drawn to the temple’s pious isolation, including Kukai, the founder of the Shingon School of Buddhism, and Enjin, a priest of the Tendai School of Buddhism.

Tochigi 5 mins away
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

Tamozawa Imperial Villa is a former imperial summer residence in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It was constructed for Emperor Taishō in 1899 and served as a hide-out for emperor Hirohito during World War II. The former imperial residence is now open for the public as museum and garden. [Wikipedia]

Tochigi 0.9km away
Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls

The Kegon Falls are located on Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park in Tochigi Prefecture. The 97-meter-high falls are one of Japan's top three waterfalls and are also considered one of the top eight viewpoints in Japan from the Showa period. Overall, they exist 12 waterfalls, all located under or parallel to a large waterfall, the other two famous waterfalls are Nachi Waterfall in Wakayama Prefecture and Fukuroda Waterfall in Ibaraki Prefecture. They are especially popular during the fall foliage season when visitors travel to Nikko to admire the golden-orange colors. You can use an elevator there to see everything up close. In winter, the waterfalls even freeze over completely.

Tochigi 9km away
Explore Nikko