Nikko Toshogu Shrine is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, and is known for its gorgeous shrine pavilions.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a component of the World Heritage Site “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”.
And is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tochigi Prefecture, attracting many visitors from Japan and abroad.

Shinkyo Bridge at Nikko
Shinkyo Bridge

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About Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon GateYomeimon Gate (national treasure)

Nikko Toshogu Shrine was built in 1617 by the second Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Hidetada, and is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo shogunate, as well as a shrine dedicated to him as a deified deity.

Although the official name of the shrine is “Toshogu”, it is called “Nikko Toshogu” to distinguish it from other Toshogu Shrine in other areas of Japan.

It is said that when the shrine was first built, it was a modest shrine compared to the present one.
Later, in 1636, the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, built the main shrine buildings, including the most famous structure of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the Yomeimon Gate.
Tokugawa Iemitsu, a great admirer of Tokugawa Ieyasu, spent enormous sums of money to build the lavishly decorated shrine buildings.
Craftsmen were assembled not only from Edo (Old name of Tokyo) but also from Kyoto, Osaka, and other parts of Japan, and it is said that the construction was completed in only one year and five months.

Five-story pagoda at Nikko Toshogu ShrineFive-story pagoda

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The new Limited Express Spacia X will begin service on July 15, 2023.
In addition to regular seats, Spacia X offers various types of seats, including private rooms, sofa seats, and lounge seats with a cafe attached.
The private rooms based on the concept of a “moving suite room”, which was inspired by the cockpit of a private jet, give passengers a special feeling.

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine (日光東照宮)


Every day


Adult: 1300yen, Elementary and Junior high school students: 450yen


2301 Sannai, Nikko City, Tochigi 321-1431


To get to Nikko Toshogu Shrine from Tokyo, generally take the Limited Express Spacia or Limited Express Liberty or Limited Express Spacia X (07/15/2023~) from Asakusa Station to Tobu Nikko Station. It will take approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Note: Limited Express Spacia has two types of trains: "Kegon" to/from Tobu Nikko Station and "Kinu" to/from Kinugawa-onsen Station. And Limited Express Liberty has that plus "Aizu", which goes beyond Kinugawa Onsen Station to Aizu-tajima Station.
We recommend that you take the "Kegon" since it will take you to Tobu Nikko Station without having to change trains.

From Tobu Nikko Station, take a bus and get off at Omotesando or Nishisando Iriguchi bus stop. From Nishisando Iriguchi bus stop, it takes about 5 minutes on foot to reach the front approach to Nikko Toshogu Shrine.

Also, if walking from Tobu Nikko Station, it will take about 30 minutes (2 km).


(TOBU Railway) Tobu-nikko Station
Limited Express Spacia X, Limited Express Spacia, Limited Express Liberty, Nikko Line

(JR) Nikko Station
Nikko Line

(Tobu Bus) Omote Sando (bus stop)
The world heritage sightseeing bus

(Tobu Bus) Nishisando Iriguchi (bus stop)
Tobu Bus (Line Y, YK, C, M, SP)

(Tokyo Metro) Asakusa Station
Ginza Line

(Toei Transportion) Asakusa Station
Asakusa Line

(TOBU Railway) Asakusa Station