The Nezu-Jinja Shinto shrine is 1,900 years old, and its location is in the heart of Nezu, Tokyo. The first shrine was started by Takeru Nihon and built by Dokan Ota. This shrine was in Sendagi.
Tsunayoshi Tokugawa relocated and built the current shrine in the Edo period. All of the buildings on the grounds were built around 1706.
The shrine area is peaceful and tranquil. Whether feeding the Koi, painting a picture, or standing in a bed of azaleas, there’s always something to help you remain calm.
Across the street from Nippon Medical School – Sendagi Campus.
28, Nezu 1-Chrome, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 113-0031
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Susanoo no Mikoto – a god that wards off evil, protector
Oyamakui no Mikoto – god of agriculture
Houda Betsumei – god of victory
Aiden Okuninushi – god of love, marriage, and fortune
Sugawara no Michizane – god of learning
The shrine is 1,900 years old, according to the shrine’s website.
Each year on September 21st, the Tenka Matsuri (festival) comes to life. This festival has been a yearly occurrence since Toyko was known as Edo. The Kami (god) are taken around town in a Mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) then to the festival area.
Read more about Mikoshi here.
The participants wear yukata and dance the Bon dance. Besides dancing, there are festival food and games.
The Tenka Matsuri is one of the largest festivals in Japan. Tokyo comes alive with bright lanterns, and one of the few times people can make all the noise they want.
In the spring, 3,000 azaleas begin to bloom. The best time to view these flowers is in April. With over one hundred varieties, the flowers are a fantastic sight to behold. Several types are rare, with the black azaleas incredibly rare.
Thousands of people from Japan and tourist from all over the world attend. They walk on a winding trail throughout the flower area.
Nezu- Jinja is a popular place for weddings, especially in the spring when the azaleas bloom. Traditional weddings happen each weekend with everyone wearing a kimono. The ceremony is full of color, especially with the beautiful azaleas in the background.
Thousand Torii Gates
No visit to the Nezu-Jinja Shinto Shrine is complete without walking through the Torii gates. There is an opening in the middle of the gates with an outstanding view of the shrine grounds.
If you are tall, remember to duck your head unless you want a headache.
There are several water areas throughout the shrine grounds, and each one has thousands of Koi. Adults and children love feeding these fish that gladly participate in gulping down any food.
Read about another shrine here.
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