Although Nikko Toshogu is one of the world heritage, it is definitely worth going.
Nikko Toshogu is a grave of Ieyasu Tokugawa, but Tokugawa Ieyasu is the one who made the foundation of Tokyo now. Ieyasu came to Tokyo in 1603, but Ieyasu is very important in talking about the history of Tokyo to say that there was no current Tokyo if he was not in Tokyo.
Tokugawa Ieyasu’s politics is called Tokugawa Shogun Government, and the era of General Tokugawa lasted for 265 years (1603-1868), spans 15 generations. In the first generation Ieyasu, the second generation his son, the third generation the grandchild, and so on 15 generations lasted. In the last 265 years, civil war hardly occurred and it was a peaceful era.
Especially Ieyasu ‘s grandson’ s grandson Iemitsu respected Ieyasu very much, firstly Ieyasu ‘s grave was simple, but from the strong desire of Iemitsu, the shrine became a gorgeous building like now. There are 5000 sculptures in Nikko Toshogu Shrine, each meaningful.
In addition, although Nikko Toshogu is a shrine, elements of Buddhism are also included. There are two religions in Japan, one is Shinto. Shinto is a religion peculiar to Japan, Buddhism has come from India through China. When Buddhism came, Shinto accepted Buddhism.Because there are many gods in the world of Shinto, Buddhist Buddha was considered as one of Shinto gods. Therefore, they coexist without fighting each other.