Roof tiles contrast with fresh green maple leaves (Photo: Cathy Cawood)

Texture and pattern at Tōshō-gū

Focusing on detail at Nikko's most famous shrine

Cathy Cawood   - 1 min read


Toshogu Shrine has been undergoing a wide-ranging renovation program since 2007 and is expected to last until March 2024. Works are gradual and isolated to avoid disruption, so it is likely the impact of any visit is minimal.

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Nikko's Tōshō-gū is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage sites and rightly so. The buildings are covered with fabulous wooden carvings. Currently the Karamon gate is being restored, and is shrouded in scaffolding and canvas. However, don't let that put you off visiting this incredible shrine because there is still plenty to see.

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page ha...