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Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

The park is very nice. The three monkeys are cute! Unfortunatly a part is under construction so you cant see anything. They dodnt lower the entrance fee because off it so you have to ask yourself is its worth it.. We had a good time, nice weather. The work may take a while so check before you visit!

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Reviewed 8 May 2015

Really worth visiting this shrine. Some of the best ornamentation and painting of any shrine in Japan. Prepare for a lot of walking and stair climbs if you hope to see everything.
Took the Tobu train from Kita-Senju but that was a disaster. Took nearly three hours of slow-going train instead of the listed schedule of about 90 minutes. Return ride was just as agonizingly long which Tobu Railway Line blamed on "signaling problems".. Consider taking the JR train instead.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

We were there on a rainy, misty day, and it really gave a peaceful, even mysterious quality to the site, especially as you climbed higher up to the upper levels. So don't be put off if it's a rainy day. There weren't huge numbers of people either so that was another advantage. We were very disappointed that some of the most beautiful buildings were under renovation, so you might want to check that. The museum is worth a look as well, and they have very nice a fresh food in the cafeteria there.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

Two hours train ride from Tokyo's Asakusa station will take you in this mountain sanctuary. Although existing for over 1200 years, Nikko's greatest attractions are two shrines from 16 cent for Japan's greatest shoguns: Ieyasu and his grandson Iemitsu Tokugawa.

Tosho-gu shrine belongs to the great Ieyasu, whose wish was to build it here, but only his grandson Iemitsu finished it and made such a masterpiece. The shrine is lavishly decorated in wood carving, gilding, painting and laquering. It is a big complex and very sacred to Japanese people.
When you finish with the main shrine visit, there's a flight of steps (a lot of them) leading to his grave where his ash is kept. Allow 1 to 2 hours for complete visit.
Unfortunately, the most beautiful Yomeimon gate is currently under reconstruction.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

These shrines are incredible! You gotta take off your shoes, be quiet, respectful and simply take the moment to admire these magnificent buildings. My wife and I were in awe and even though it is a bit crowded, it is a must see. I would recommend going early in the morning so you can take photos without any people around, that same rule applies to any touristic spot across the world.

Date of experience: December 2014
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