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  • Nikko

  • Landmarks & Historical Places, Temples, Shrines ( Kita-Senju )
  • I took a tour with a friend so that she could see another part of Japan. We visited a temple where we were able to see traditional Japan, had a traditional Udon and grilled fish lunch, and then enjoy...
  • Meiji Jingu

  • Shrines ( Harajuku )
  • A beautiful place to go to get a breath of fresh air in Tokyo. It is very peaceful, you will forget that you live in a hectic city. Make sure to visit during 'coming-of-age-day' in Japan when all of...
  • Hie Jinja

  • Shrines ( Tameikesanno )
  • Located in downtown Akasaka, Hie is one of the largest shrines I have been to yet. It's on a hill, partially isolating it from the surrounding city. Hie Jinja sports the usually shrine accouterments-l...
  • Shinagawa Jinja

  • Shrines ( Shinagawa )
  • I went here for the Oiran Dochu (festival) in June. The place was really busy with local people in their Yukatas, eating Yakitori, okonomiyaki and Takoyaki, drinking beer and having a good time. The...
  • Yasukuni Jinja

  • Shrines ( Iidabashi )
  • This was an absolutely beautiful shrine. What is of course, most interesting, is the political turmoil that surrounds it. It is a memorial to those who died in war, and it also includes convicted war ...
  • Hanazono Jinja

  • Shrines ( Shinjuku )
  • i was staying at the best western hotel which is literally right behind this small temple, so if your really excited when youve landed and you look about shinjuku for the first day and this is the fir...
  • Atago Jinja

  • Shrines ( Tameikesanno )
  • I found this place by accident during a walk from Hamamatsu-cho to Roppongi1chome. I saw a really long staircase going up the hill next to the new Mori complex and decided to climb them. At the top,...
  • Toyokawa Inari Jinja

  • Shrines ( Akasaka )
  • If you're truly interested in shrines, then take time to visit Toyokawa shrine. It's devoted to Inari, so it's full of kitsune statues. There are a plethora of statues, both large and small. To the l...
  • Asakusa Jinja

  • Shrines ( Asakusa )
  • The Sanja-Matsuri is a great place to get a first hand look at the Yakuza celebrating and having a good time. Recently, the police have been cracking down on the festival (it got a little bit violent...
  • Hakusan Jinja

  • Shrines ( Komagome )
  • The Hakusan Shinto shrine has a really nice feel to it. It's in a relatively quiet Tokyo neighborhood, and the path up towards the shrine is lined with cafes and pretty green lanterns for Matsuri. I g...
  • Ebara Jinja

  • Shrines ( Shinagawa )
  • Ebara Shrine, also on the route of the old Tokaido connecting Tokyo to Kyoto, was not as exciting as Shinagawa Shrine. However, what was really neat concerning Ebara Shrine was not necessarily the sh...
  • Suitengu

  • Shrines ( Nihombashi )
  • Suitengu is a Shinto shrine for the goddess of maternity, although I only found that out by Googling the place after I went there. There's very little information about the shrine, and none in English...
  • Hikawa Jinja

  • Shrines ( Ikebukuro )
  • Walking along the street, you're sure to come across shrines labeled Hikawa Jinja here and there, but this is the headquarters of the Hikawa Jinja branches in Tokyo and Saitama prefectures. The groun...
  • Torikoe Jinja

  • Shrines ( Ryogoku )
  • Torikoe Jinja was founded in the middle of the seventh century--the year 651 to be exact. Their festival held annually at the beginning of June attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The main "miko...
  • Yushima Jinja

  • Shrines ( Akihabara )
  • Yushima Jinja enshrines the soul of Michizane Suguwara (a Japanese poet-politician who lived in the ninth century). He is celebrated as the "god of learning." The grounds are planted with over 300 plu...
  • Asakusa Otori Jinja

  • Shrines ( Asakusa )
  • Asakusa Otori Jinja is famous for its "Tori no Ichi" festivities ("Bird Day", a festival where one gives thanks for a safe year and prays for happiness in the next; not unlike an American Thanksgiving...
  • Kanda Myojin

  • Shrines ( Akihabara )
  • The Kanda Myojin shrine was first built more than 1200 years ago, and it was moved to its current location in 1616. The shrine is dedicated to three deities, one of which is dedicated to marriage. The...
  • Tsuruoka Hachimangu

  • Shrines ( Yokohama )
  • Once you arrive in Kamakura, Tsuruoka Hachimangu comes into sight at the end of a long path from the Station. The brilliant crimson shrine and deep green foilage of the grounds will make a colorful i...
  • Samukawa Jinja

  • Shrines ( Machida )
  • Samukawa shrine is famous for being the only shrine in Japan dedicated to "Happojo," which is belief in the protection from all eight directions. In addition, the shrine is home to the largest Torii g...
  • Namiyoke Inari Shrine

  • Shrines ( Tsukiji )
  • The Namiyoke Shrine acts as the unofficial guardian of the nearby Tsukiji fish market, and you will find many plaques and other offerings from those working at the market. The shrine itself dates back...
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