Among the countless shrines found in the land of Japan, the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine in the Tochigi Prefecture is imbued with a special significance as it happens to be the final resting place of one of Japan's most influential historical personalities, Tokugawa Leyasu, the founder of the famous Tokugawa Shogunate. Used to be a rather simple mausoleum initially, the place was enlarged to a grand scale by Leyasu's grandson Lemitsu.
Today, the opulently decorated complex, something unusual when it comes to Japanese shrines, are famous for its many highly decorative building, halls and gates that give the sprawling complex an imposing look.
There is a five story pagoda right at the entrance, a group of elaborately designed storehouses, the renowned Yomeimon Gate and the Honjido Hall to the left of Yomeimon and perhaps the grandest of all, the Main Shrine Building.Places nearby:
Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan: Home to the 140 year of Great Miracle Wisteria 49 km / 30 mi
Fukuroda Falls Displaying Four Seasons Of Aesthetic Beauty 72 km / 44 mi
Tsurugajo Castle, Fukushima: The place that defended the Tokugawa Shogunate to the last 86 km / 53 mi
Kairakuen Garden: The park in Mito housing a forest of 3,000 trees 87 km / 54 mi
Kairakuen Gardens: The best plum blossom viewing spot in Japan 87 km / 54 mi