Kishu Toshogu Shrine



2-1-20 Wakaura nishi, Wakayama City
〒641-0024 和歌山県和歌山市和歌浦西2-1-20
A short walk from the GONGEN-MAE bus stop
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The art from the Edo Period will steal your heart. The approach paved with bluestone (chlorite schist) is a tunnel covered with greenery and it is cool and shady even during the day.

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A first year student with the Faculty of Tourism at Wakayama University. Enjoyed sightseeing in Wakayama City on January 24, 2021.

The shrine is dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa and Yorinobu Tokugawa, the first lord of the domain. As the shogun is enshrined here, the spacious precincts, rich greenery, and magnificent buildings are worth seeing. The vermilion-lacquered gate is said to be the best in the Kansai region, and is also called “Kansai Nikko”. I did not have enough time to visit the temple due to time constraints, but I would like to visit it again.

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She is a travel blogger and YouTuber from Taiwan and lives in Kyoto. She's went to Wakayama City, on September 18th to 19th 2020.

Her blog is "台湾.京都".

The gods of “Kishu Toshogu Shrine” are “Tokugawa Ieyasu” and “Tokugawa Yoshinobu”. The main beliefs are the achievement of wishes (Good luck, Eradication, Home safety, Business prosperity, Safe production, etc.) and recovery from illness. 

To reach the main shrine, if you do not climb this “Samurai-zaka” first, the number of stone steps which is 108 steps, is the same number as the worldly desires of life. 
For every time I climb, I throw away one anxiety and worshiped it with a beautiful heart.
If you look at the scenery of Wakayama City after climbing the stone steps, you will feel as though all your worries have vanished.

In the main shrine and worship hall, sculptures and mural paintings from the early Edo period that inherited the style of painting from the Azuchi-Momoyama period remain.
The more you look at the delicate brush strokes and the vivid colors, the beautiful it gets.

The red stamp of Kishu Toshogu Shrine and the crest of the Tokugawa Shogun family, Mitsuha Aoi, are stamped on it, and it is also called Tokugawa Aoi.
The red stamp with the shrine maiden written on it is handed along with the date of worship and a piece of paper with the history of Kishu Toshogu Shrine. If you bring your stamp book, you can have the shinto priest write it! 

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James Hong
In-depth traveller, columnist and host of a travel program, integrating literary, historical and philosophical art into travel writing. Selected as a pro-writer, student favorite writer, my favorite star travel expert, international travel exhibition ambassador, Japan and South Korea and other countries travel ambassadors.

He've been to Wakayama City, from 20th to 22nd February in 2020.

His blog is "終生遊學".

The first year of Reiwa era in Wakayama City. The time plum trees are in full bloom in the warm breeze.

The seaside area of Wakayama called “Wakaura” is recognised as Japanese Heritage for its beautiful scenery. In Heian period, its beautiful scenery was already painted in Ukiyo-e, japanese traditional painting.

In Wakaura that located in seasaide area, there is a Wakayama bay with silent ocean in light wind, where little tourist visit. There are two shirines. One is called Kishu Toshogu shrine where people worships Tokugawa Shogun family, and the other is called Tenmangu shrine where people worships the god of study.

My heart was covered with joy, watching branches of trees with full of pink red color. The aroma of plum tree coming from somewhere, thus spring won’t be too long from now.

Without going through ice cold winter, plum tree won’t smell sweet. When Hongkong is suffering from virus, we should pray to god for help.




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Romina is originally Romanian and a real travel enthusiast. She is a photographer, videographer and writer who likes to help people find out more about traveling.

Her blog is "Miss Tourist".

Built in 1621, Kishu Toshogu Shrine is an important cultural property in Japan settled into a dark green forest!

Kishu Toshogu Shrine has some of the most beautifully carved wooden gates from all the temples I’ve seen in Japan! The gate is very colorful and when you are standing at the top of the 107 stairs that go up to the temple, you will be able to see Wakayama Marina City far away on the horizon line, the artificial island in Wakayama which I am talking about at no. 7 on this list.

Again, while I was there I only saw a maximum of 5 local men who came to pray at the temple. Other than that, I was all by myself and I could take my time and admire this historical site. The entire atmosphere was very serene and there were cricket sounds all over the place!
How to get there: From Wakayama Station you can take bus no. 24 or 30 (Platform 2) and get down at the stop “Gongenmae” (about half an hour). The shrine is a short walk from the bus station. Price of the bus ticket is 380¥ (for bus 24) or 500¥ (for bus 30).
Price: free
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Lucie Aidart
She is travel blogger. She is good at Solo Travel.
In the beginning of November , 2017, she took a trip to Wakayama City.
Her blog is “ Voyages et Vagabondages ”.

Mes vagabondages à pied et à roues m’ont menée vers d’autres temples que je ne connaissais pas encore. Je me suis d’abord arrêtée au temple Tosho-gu dans la zone de Wakaura. Les temples de cette zone sont souvent situés en hauteur. On entre d’abord dans une zone boisée très agréable, avant d’entamer la montée. Ce genre de temples en bois et aux toits de chaume est différent des temples que l’on peut voir habituellement au Japon, mais il y en a beaucoup à Wakayama. Le temple est calme et agréable et la vue sur la mer à travers la porte est très belle.


Kishu Toshogu Shrine

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She is blogger and journalist.
In the beginning of March, 2017, she took a trip to Wakayama City.
Her blog is “Le Blog de Sarah”.

A chaque fois, jétais quasi seule pour les visiter, ce qui est très appréciable pour simprégner de latmosphère des lieux. Le temple de Wakaura Tenman-gu (accès gratuit) est dédié au dieu de la scolarité et les jeunes viennent y prier pour réussir leurs examens. Juste à côté, le temple Kishi Tosho-gu (entrée 500 yens) est quant à lui surnommé le « Nikko du Kansai » pour sa ressemblance au temple Toshogu à Nikko, classé au patrimoine mondial de lUnesco.

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Le temple de Kishu Tosho-gu (à gauche) et le temple de Wakaura Tenman-gu (à droite)

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