Tosho-gu shrine is a world heritage site situated in Nikko.
The shrine is set in a beautiful wood and every where you looked was amazing carved wood and gold. There were so many different buildings for various purposes, including an elaborate sacred horse stables, store houses, worship halls, gate buildings, and a portable shrine building. It is also one of the few places in Japan where you can see both Shinto and Buddhist influences intermingled. There are loads of lanterns and a few candelabras in the grounds many of which were gifts from important people and countries - they were a bit randomly placed. A bit like when you get a pretty gift but don't know where to put it so it goes on a random shelf... but on a larger scale! There is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Leyasu, the warlord who established the shogunate that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867.
The shrine costs ¥1300 (£9) and is well worth it, we explored for hours. The best time to visit is either early morning or just before closing, as this is a popular tourist attraction.