The One about Tosho-gu Shrine at Ueno Park

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Located at Ueno Park is the shinto shrine, Tosho-gu.

The shrine is where Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, the third and last of the shogunai governments in Japanese history, is enshrined.

It’s important to note that there is not one but around 130 Tosho-gu shrines in Japan, the most well-known version located in Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture.

The shrine underwent major renovation in 1651 by order of the third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu and the building is heavily gilded with gold.  And because the shrine still retains its features from the Edo Period and a shrine not destroyed by natural disasters or war, the structure was designated as a Cultural Property of Japan.

If you ever go to Ueno Park and you are in the standstill of two paths near the entrance, one going to the left and one going to the right, take the left path and the Toshogu-Shrine can be found.  It’s a bit hidden but know that its before the zoo and where you see people walking up to see a Dahlia Toshogu Garden area, you will be in the right place and it’s nearby.

For more information, visit the official website and their official Facebook page.



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Dennis A. Amith