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Texture and pattern at Tōshō-gū

Focusing on detail at Nikko's most famous shrine


Toshogu Shrine has been undergoing a wide-ranging renovation program since 2007 and is expected to last until March 2024. Works are gradual and isolated to avoid disruption, so it is likely the impact of any visit is minimal.

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Nikko's Tōshō-gū is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage sites and rightly so. The buildings are covered with fabulous wooden carvings. Currently the Karamon gate is being restored, and is shrouded in scaffolding and canvas. However, don't let that put you off visiting this incredible shrine because there is still plenty to see.

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