In the 16th century, Tokugawa Ieyasu put an end to the era of ceaseless civil wars and upheavals and ushered in a time of peace that unified Japan. As the father and first leader of the Edo shogunate, he built the foundations for a period without war that lasted 260 years. From the struggles of his youth to the great battle in his later years that determined the fate of the country, as well as the secrets he employed to build the great city of Edo, we peer into the samurai wisdom of Ieyasu.
Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine, where Ieyasu is worshipped as a Shinto god
The gate bears his posthumous name: Tosho Daigongen. It means "the god that fills Japan with light from the east."
Young Ieyasu stood on the front line of the fighting
The remains of the great city of Edo built by Ieyasu can be viewed from a waterway cruise