Nikko, Japan – Day 5(b)


The Toshogu is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. The shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Ieyasu and two other of Japan’s most influential historical personalities, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Minamoto Yoritomo. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings set in a beautiful forest. Initially a relatively simple mausoleum, Toshogu was enlarged into the spectacular complex seen today by Ieyasu’s grandson Iemitsu during the first half of the 17th century.

Japan Guide



Sculptures of monkeys are put on the Shinyosha (Sacred Stable). It consists of 8 panels, which express way of life. “See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil” in childhood

Nikko Tourist Association

Saw the Higurashino-mon, Omizuya, Sleeping Cat sculpture and ladies clad in kimono.

Toshogu Shrine
Climbed for 15min up the stairs to go to the Okusha

Toshogu Shrine
The Okusha is the tomb of Ieyasu Tokugawa.

spot the difference
Spot the difference, these are the inverted pillars the pattern was put in reverse as it was intended to leave imperfection to ward off evil spirits. This custom is related to the old Japanese saying, “Once a building is completed, its destruction begins.”


The Shinkyo Bridge (“sacred bridge”) stands at the entrance to Nikko’s shrines and temples, and technically belongs to Futarasan Shrine. The bridge is ranked as one of Japan’s three finest bridges.

Japan Guide

train bento
It was already 3pm when I left JR Nikko for the Nikko Limited train back towards Omiya. Satisfied the hungry stomach with the Kit Kat’s Sakura edition and some cold bento on a super cold day on a super long ride back to Tokyo.

3 coins
Stopped by 3 coins to pick up some leggings. Most (if not all the items) are going for 315Yen (~S$4.80) which included household products to accessories to home decorations to leggings to stockings to socks and many more. I think the store is targeted at women as most of the items there are pretty kawaii.

steam cream
Finally found the steam cream store too! This latest concept in skincare using a revolutionary steam-infused manufacturing process to create a skincare that can be used on face, body, hands and hair. It has been creating popularity recently amongst Japanese ladies as it is all in one and each can is housed in different designs which can be changed regularly. I think the cream is made in the UK but casing is designed and made in Japan. 1 tin goes for about S$23.

homemade dinner
Dinner was made to my request of instant noodles and a bonus home made chawan mushi…ありがとう、すしさんね。。。
I randomly picked this beer because it was only 180Yen(S$2.75) for 500ml (usually Asahi for the same size cost 330Yen) which I thought was a good deal. I saw the NEW word, I thought no harm trying something new. However I was informed later that this is not made from malt but from BEANS. Taste wise? I prefer the normal beer. This would be good if you want to get buzzed on the cheap… it wont hurt your wallet when you have to drink alot…


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