Toshogushrines were built accordingly throughout the country, often adjoining important temples or sites that had a family or personal connection with Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Each Toshogu, especially when compared to temples or shrines of a similar construction period, or the drab designs of much of the post-Tokugawa architecture, is beautifully painted and intricately decorated with wood carvings and in many cases gold leaf.
Toshogu is open to the public from 9am-5pm, JY200, and while it might appear neglected it is one of the rare places preserved in its almost original state.
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