Nikko Toshogu-shrine is known as the most colorful and well decorated shrine in Japan. Above photos are taken not in Nikko but Serada, Ota-shi, Gunma pref. next to Tochigi pref. These are photos of original Nikko Toshogu-shrine which was built by Iyasasu’s son the second Shogun Hidetada. After 20 years passed, the third Shogun Iemitsu who loved his grand father rebuilt the world famous Toshogu-shrine which we can see now in Nikko. Original Nikko Tosogu-shrine. Original architecture was moved to Serada where Tokugawa’s place of origin.
Please compare above photos and the photo down below. According to Ieyasu’s will,” build a small shrine and enshrine me as a god” ., Hidetada followed what his father said. Simply Iemitsu spent nearly 3% of GNP at that time to build such an amazing architecture.