- English Speaking Staff
Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a shrine located in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture. Toshodaigongen, the god image of the first shogun of Edo shogunate,Tokugawa Ieyasu, is enshrined in it. It is a head of Toshogu all over Japan, and called "Toshogu" as distinct from others. On its ground, there are a number of structures such as Ishitori (stone gateway), Five-story pagoda, Front gate, Sanjinko and Shinkyusha that are designated as important cultural properties, and Yomeimon, the corridor and the main shrine that are designated as national treasures. All of them were registered in the "World Cultral Heritage" on December 1999. There are also some wood carvings such as of three monkeys "Mizaru, Iwazaru and Kikazaru" (I won't see, say or hear), and "Nemurineko" (Sleeping cat) made by Hidari Jingoro. Along with the main shrine, there is a public accommodation "Toshogu Koyoen" directly managed by Niko Toshogu, and "Toshogu Homotsukan" (Toshogu Treasure Hall) where various collections are displayed.