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The ultimate guide to Nikko Tosho-gu

That headline pains me, because it contains a spelling mistake. It should be Nikkō Tōshō-gū, because those macrons make a big difference in Japanese pronunciation, but …
I've realized that Google doesn't recognize the similarity between Nikko Toshogu and Nikkō Tōshō-gū.Most people would search for Nikko Toshogu, and wouldn't end up here.That's what happens to my post about Daiyūzan Saijō-ji, which I'm convinced is the ultimate (there I go again; I'm so humble) post about this beautiful but relatively unknown temple.
Thus I've sold my copy-editor's soul to Google for the sake of more hits. Shoot me at dawn and bury my body on a remote Niigata mountain.
What's to say about Nikkō Tōshō-gū that hasn't been said a thousand times? 日光を見ずして「結構」というなかれ。Nikkō o mizushite "kekkō" to iunakare. Do not say "magnificent" until you've seen Nikkō.

It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan, an…