Toshogu Shrine

Toshogu Shrine, Uenokoen

Toshogu Shrine
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Historic Sites • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Listed as a National Treasure, this shrine was constructed in 651 and dedicated to shogun Tokugawa leyasu. A second Toshogu Shrine is located in Nikko and both were built by leyasu's grandson.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,244 contributions
Aug. 2021
上野恩賜公園内にある神社です。上野恩賜公園は休日を中心に多くの人で賑わいますが、年末年始や『ぼたん苑』で開催される牡丹祭りを除いて、比較的この神社界隈は静かで、人の往来もそれほど多くありません。黄金に輝く拝殿が特徴的ですが、不思議と派手な印象はなく、ただそこに鎮座するだけ、という存在感が印象的です。
常時人が立ち入られる場所は鳥居から拝殿に至るまでの参道のみで、しかもその参道も100m程度であるため、参拝や境内散策そのものは10分程度で済みます。『ぼたん苑』も牡丹が咲く時期のみ開かれており、それ以外の時期は立ち入ることが出来ません。
海外からの観光客も多く訪れるからか、全ての案内や情報には英語が併記されています。中には英語のみの案内もあります。

The shrine is located in Ueno Onshi Park. Ueno Onshi Park is crowded with people mainly on holidays, but except for the year-end and New Year holidays and the Peony Festival held at Botan-en, the area around the shrine is relatively quiet and there are not many people coming and going. The golden hall of worship is a distinctive feature of the shrine, but strangely enough, it doesn't give off an ostentatious impression; it just sits there.
The only area that is always open to visitors is the approach from the torii gate to the main shrine building, which is only about 100 meters long, so it only takes about 10 minutes to visit the shrine and walk around the grounds. The Botan-en is also open only when the peonies are in bloom, and is closed to visitors during the rest of the year.
Perhaps because of the large number of foreign visitors, all the information is written in Japanese and English. Some of the information is only available in English.
Written 18 August 2021
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,340 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
This is a Toshogu, which is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Edo shogunate. Although this one is not so famous as a Toshogu in Nikko, the beauty of the main building deserves attention. There is a garden of peony, but it requires the entrance fee.
Written 18 January 2020
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,590 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
Well worth a visit even though there wasn’t any flowers really out. It’s a quiet and peaceful place and found the whole area somewhere to just chill out and soak up Japan. A photographers dream.
Wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly. Kids will enjoy this place as well. Really enjoyed the surrounding temple, the copper lanterns and all the beautiful offerings.
Written 5 January 2020
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Lesley B
Sydney, Australia136 contributions
Sep. 2019
Loved this structure and the surrounding lanterns and statues. You can see the 5 story pagoda from here also. The gates on this building are incredible as are the grounds and loads of huge bronze lanterns.
Written 22 November 2019
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Remi
England2,521 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
A beautiful shrine located right next to the Ueno Zoo. It is built in 1627 bearing typical Edo features like the gold leaf trimmings and carvings. People came to pray for happiness, good health and longevity as well as educational success.

It's free to watch the Karamon and anything outside the Shrine boundary. The entrance fee of ¥500 to enter the boundary however was not considered justified. First, the Shrine was forbidden to enter for preservation purposes. Second, the area was really small scale. The only thing left was to admire the gold foiled structure from afar.
Written 7 November 2019
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Kam Loong C
Jakarta, Indonesia91 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Family
Of all the shrines I been to in Tokyo, other than Sensoji and Meiji, the shrines in Ueno really resonate with me. There is a sense of calmness and sereneness in them. This shrine is part of the Ueno Park shrines. It is great and I really love it. Not sure if ppl notice but at the side of the shrine there is a spot dedicated to what happened at Nagasaki. Hopefully we never see another one.
Written 12 October 2019
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Irine Y
27 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Solo
Toshogu is one of the world heritage. If you’re the person who like the Japanese culture, then you’ll like the place. There are 2 other temples near the Toshogu. 5-10 minutes walking distance. The transportation to the Toshogu is easy for the foreigners. I took the train from skytree tower station to Nikki then find the bus stop outside of the train station. You won’t get lost when you take loop bus.
Written 10 October 2019
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emma
World334 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Couples
We came across this shrine by chance when walking in ueno park. Beautiful and small and good for taking photos.
Written 6 September 2019
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waihong
malaysia77 contributions
Aug. 2019
This is a must stop temple if you visiting Nikko. I only give 4 star as i think the entrance fee is a bit high. But i feel Kyoto temple have a better view.
Written 18 August 2019
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tlarraya
Community of Madrid, Spain245 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
Loved the huge torii gates, the 3 wise monkeys carvings, the imaginary elephants carvings, the neko (cat) carving, the sake wall (which I didn't expect), the stone and bronze lanterns, the golden details, the amazingly tall trees setting,... Loved every aspect of it! Absolutely magical.
Written 18 August 2019
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