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Toshogu Shrine

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Address: Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3822-3455

Listed as a National Treasure, this shrine was constructed in 651 and...

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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It is located inside the Ueno park. A must see place to understand the old Japanese culture and history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
ciwan p
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is located inside the Ueno park. A must see place to understand the old Japanese culture and history.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great start to shrines in Tokyo. Especially for beginners. I appreciated the "how to" prayer instruction. And the "how to" cleanse your hands instruction in English.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have traveled to Ueno park photographer the temples and the street performers around the part. The best time to go there is in the spring when the cherry blossom is blooming. ;-)

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Irvine, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

You don't need much time to see this place, which is nice if you are walking around in Ueno Park, but I wouldn't plan a whole trip around this.

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Highland, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This was our favorite shrine in Tokyo - located in a lovely park, near the Ueno Zoo. It features a striking pagoda and several buildings and a very moving monument for the flame of Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Ueno Park is full of beautiful shrines and temples. I could have spent hours here. This Shrine was just so serene walking up to it. The surrounding area of the shrine was quite amazing and very old in appearance. This was one of many in the park. You don't need to go on a tour to see this Ueno Park... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The National Museum doesn't open until 9:30, so we walked around Ueno Park and killed some time here. It was not busy at all. As shrines go, it's average, it has one or two interesting statues and people are offering incense. You can kill maybe 15 minutes here, maybe more if you are a ishidoro (stone lantern) aficionado.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

A small old shrine with history and a lovely garden. You can walk around the outside and the rows and rows of stupas are interesting and great for photography.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This place is great! The Japanese stone lanterns are amazing! So many of them! Many are 800 years old or more! Lots of people and lots of great Japanese culture!

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Ada, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We wanted to see the pagoda but found that we would have to pay admission to the zoo to see it, so started looking for another way to get a view of it. We discovered the walkway to this little shrine, where we were able to get a view of most of the shrine. We then explored the shrine itself,... More 

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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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