Photo gallery: Nikko Toshogu (April 2012)

Posted by in Japan, Photo galleries, Photography | May 02, 2013

Nikko is a town, in Tochigi, a few hours by train to the north of Tokyo. It is mainly known for the Nikko National Park (日光国立公園, Nikko kokuritsu koen) and for Toshogu, the mausoleum of shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, first of the Tokugawa shoguns. The shrines and temples of Nikko have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Toshogu itself is a very brightly decorated Shinto shrine deep inside a complex of shrines and temples inside the Nikko National Park. You can enter the shrine, but they don’t allow taking photos inside.

Walking in this area almost makes you feel as if you’re a couple hundred years back in time, if it wasn’t for the hordes of visitors and automatic vending machines. It is in my opinion one of the most beautiful places in Japan and I enjoy going there from time to time.

Keep reading to see the photos…

Tobu Nikko Station

It’s April, and there’s still plenty of snow

An antique shop on the way from the station to the Toshogu

Ghost in the… reflection

Early lunch. There aren’t many places to eat from this point, so…

Waiting for the food

Soba noodles with yuba (tofu skin)


Nikko bridge

Shinkyo bridge

Shinkyo Bridge


Before the Nikko Toshogu Shrine  (日光東照宮)

Avenue before the Nikko Toshogu

This nice woman was the guide for one of these tourist tours

If you’re wearing a miniskirt and are climbing a flight of stairs, then you’re supposed to cover your ass with your handbag. I’ll keep that in mind for the next time I’m wearing a miniskirt.

Here she is again. Hello!

Are you thirsty? Those are huge barrels of sake!


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