Ueno Toshogu Shrine
Ueno Toshogu Shrine is a historical Shinto shrine in Tokyo, located inside Ueno Park. It is a prime example of Edo-period (1600-1867) shrine architecture. Founded in the early 17th century, it is one of Japan's Toshogu shrines which are affiliated with the Tokugawa clan that ruled Japan from the early 17th century. Because admission is free for parts of the shrine, it is a great place to stop by if you are visiting Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo or any of the museums in the area. You can also pray for good fortune at the shrine or buy one of the omamori amulets.
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5 out of 5 stars
The Ueno Toshogu shrine was a sight to behold as its golden exterior and sense of demanding authority drew me closer and closer to it as I walked down the short pathway lined with bronze lanterns donated by Japanese lords. Having withstood both wars and earthquakes since its construction in 1627, one can't help but be awed by its magnificence. A shrine possessing many distinctive architectural qualities from the Edo period, it was built in honor of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. There was also a very lovely peony garden that will be open until mid-February with over 500 varieties in bloom. A definite hidden gem worth stopping by during your next visit to Ueno.