Nikko Toshogu Shrine is most famous for honoring Tokugawa Ieyasu but there are numerous Toshogu Shrines throughout Japan. The Toshogu found in Kawagoe is one of the three major Toshogu Shrines in Japan called, "Semba Toshogu Shrine".
In 1616, Tokugawa Ieyasu died in Sunpu (present day Shizuoka Prefecture) and the remains were carried from Shizuoka to Nikko Mountain. On the way, a four day Buddhist memorial service was held by Tenkai Daisoujou at Kita-in Temple. As a result, Toshogu Shrine was built in 1633 on the southside of Kita-in Temple.
Five years later in 1638, "The Big Fire of Kanei" burned down everything except for the Kita-in Mountain Gate. When Tokugawa Iemitsu declared the restoration of Kita-in Temple, the reconstruction of Toshogu began first and was completed in 1640. The Honden Main Shrine with its brilliant colored lacquer ornaments, and Karamon Gate, Mizugaki Fence, Haiden Front Shrine, Heiden Side Shrine, Zuishin Front Gate, stone Torii Gate are all recognized as important cultural assets. The pillars found in the shrine pavilions have elaborate carvings that suit Toshogu Shrine. Inside the main shrine, a statue of Ieyasu can be found. Among the cultural assets are the pictures of Sanjyu Roku Kasen Egaku and 12 sided Taka Egaku.