Nikko Toshogu Shrine

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The Nikko Toshugu Shrine is the resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate which lasted 250 years up to 1868. This temple area has many small buildings and many many tourists! It is hard to convey the scale of this complex in my photos, but please pay attention to the trees which were incredibly straight and tall.

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The Toshugu Shrine is also under renovation, so the white plaster areas you see in some photos will eventually be painted over. The detailing and colours are so rich that you tend to forget just how old these buildings are.

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These are the palanquins which would be paraded around on the shoulders of men during religious festivals.

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While they were building this major shrine, they constructed a temporary shrine shown on the left.

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