Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Shizuoka
Population
3,767,427

Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

Hike or take a ropeway up to this historic ocean-side shrine that is just as impressive as Nikko's Toshogu Shrine.

Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, located in Shizuoka, is one of the two most important shrines dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the other being Nikko Toshogu Shrine.

Photo by: Joshua Meyer Romon gate of the shrine.

Described in handouts at the shrine as “the greatest shogun in Japanese history,” Ieyasu founded the last shogunate to rule Japan before the Meiji Period. Kunozan Toshogu marks his original burial place and is the oldest of the Toshogu shrines around the country.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko, Japan - November 1, 2012: A shinto priest sweeps under the Yomeimon gate at Tosho-gu Shrine. Founded in 1617, the remains of the first shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu are entombed here.
En route to the shrine, over 1,000 stone steps wind their way up Mount Kuno (Kuno-zan), which overlooks Suruga Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It can be invigorating to climb the steps as you feel the sea breeze blowing in and witness the waves crashing below you.

Kunozan Toshogu marks his original burial place and is the oldest of the Toshogu shrines around the country.

Photo by: Joshua Meyer Take 1000-plus steps up to the top, but the view is worth it.

Kunozan Toshogu is a complex made up of numerous structures. Inside the grounds, visitors continue their trek upwards through the huge red Romon Gate, before passing the main building, an officially designated national treasure. A final stretch of road flanked by stone lanterns tops out in the 400-year-old mausoleum where Ieyasu’s remains were first entombed.

Strawberry-picking

Photo by: Joshua Meyer Some places even let you do an all-you-can-eat session!

If you need energy for the climb to Kunozan Toshogu, you can go strawberry-picking at nearby farms along the ocean road, Ichigo Kaigan-dori. From January to May, places like Hagiwara Farm allow you to enter greenhouses tiered along the mountain. There you can enjoy nature’s buffet with all-you-can-eat strawberries, plucked straight from vines growing on long stone walls.

Nihondaira Hotel and Ropeway

Photo by: Joshua Meyer A lovely view from Nihondaira Hotel.

For those who don’t want to make the climb on foot, Kunozan Toshogu is also accessible via the Nihondaira Ropeway. The station for the ropeway is only a short walk from the Nihondaira Hotel. This hotel’s wide-open garden holds a fabulous view of the port of Shimizu with Mount Fuji visible in the background on clear days.

You can also enjoy the view from floor-to-ceiling windows inside the hotel’s Terrace Lounge. It’s a nice place to sip tea and relax after hiking those 1,000+ steps to Kunozan Toshogu.

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Trivia

Nikko, Japan - November 1, 2012: A shinto priest sweeps under the Yomeimon gate at Tosho-gu Shrine. Founded in 1617, the remains of the first shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu are entombed here.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko's star attraction.

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Things To Know

Fees and Hours

the hours for the shrine are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. from October to March). Admission is ¥500, or they have a museum and you can get a combined ticket for that and the shrine for ¥800.

How To Get There

Address

389 Negoya, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 422-8011, Japan

By bus

For the foot of the mountain and start of the steps, take the bus from Shizuoka or Shimizu station to the Kunozan-shita bus stop. For the ropeway, take the bus from Shizuoka station to the Nihondaira terminal.

Where To Stay

Hotel Crespa (Adult Only)
  • Suruga-ku Negoya 167-26 Shizuoka-Shi, Shizuoka 422-8011
  • 6.7/10
  • 0.6 km
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Nippondaira Hotel
  • Shimizu-ku Mabase 1500-2 Shizuoka-Shi, Shizuoka 424-0875
  • 9.1/10
  • 1.7 km
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SPA&HOTEL Tenjin no Yu
  • Suruga-ku, Magarikane 5-5-1 Shizuoka-Shi, Shizuoka 422-8006
  • 8.4/10
  • 5.4 km
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Hotel Hagoromo
  • Shimizu-ku Miho 1282-1 Shizuoka-Shi, Shizuoka 424-0901
  • 8.1/10
  • 6.0 km
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