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In the 8th century, the Buddhist priest Shōdō Shōnin founded the first temple at Nikko, the temple of Rinnō-ji, on his way to Mount Nantai. The village became a renowned Buddhist-Shinto religious centre, leading the renowned warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu to choose it as the site for his mausoleum.

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  • Japan - 7 days
    of the mountain from around there. Or, From Tokyo you can go north to Nikko, it's a mountain area with national park with hot spring, lake, waterfall, and the tomb of Tokugawa the Shogun. There's also Nikko Edomura ...

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    the small street/lane with nice shops along the way. See Kinkaku temple, Kiyomizu temple. Nikko - There is Nikko National Park, and there is Edo-mura, a theme park which resembles Japanese Edo era - it ...

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I wanted to take my time to see the World Heritage site in Nikko and not try to do it in one day from Tokyo (you could do it in a day, though).