Attraction Hie Shrine 2 Chome-10-5 Nagatacho Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0014 Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Hie shrine is special ?
Hie Shrine was built in 1478 when Ota Dokan built Edo Castle and started built castle town of Edo. He invited Kawagoe Sanno Shrine to Edo for its success.
After Tokugawa Ieyasu moved Edo in 1590, Hie Shrine became the guardian of Edo Castle and Edo city, and highly respected by Shogun as the mother god of Tokugawa Government. Also, civilians of Edo considered Hie Shrine as the master of Gods and guardian of Edo during Edo Period.
Hidetada, 2nd Shogun, removed the location of the shrine out side of the castle when he reconstructed entire Edo Castle. Current location was settled by Shogun Ietsuna in 1657.
Hie Shrine has been respected by Tokyo citizen since then.
What to explore at Hie shrine?
There are 27 Katana which given by all Tokugawa Shoguns when they succeeded Shogunate. Also, many letters of Shogun and other Tokugawa related items are in this shrine.
Hie Shrine sponsors the Sanno Festival — one of Tokyo's best spring festivals.
The festival peaks with a procession of around 300 celebrants through the streets of Tokyo. Amazingly, the procession route is more than 20 kilometers long. It begins in genki celebration — by the end everyone looks bored.
- An escalor and the hidden staircase
- A peaceful retreat in the middle of Tokyo
- Small surprising shrine in central Tokyo
- Hidden away but well worth finding
- A little gem
Hie Shrine 2 Chome-10-5 Nagatacho Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0014
Tips for you
The date of establishment of the Hie Shinto Shrine is uncertain. The main God of the shrine is Oyamakui-no-kami.
This is not Asakusa, and while it is a tourist site it's also a place where people go to pray. If you're looking for a tranquil experience at a beautiful Japanese shrine I would highly recommend this place. You're not going to spend more than 30 minutes (maximum) here but the architecture is beautiful and the experience is real. Prior to entering the shrine you should stop and cleanse yourself at the Temizuya (water fixture): grab the ladle with your right hand, wash the left, then use the left to wash the right. Next, cup your left hand and using your right, fill it with water and rinse your mouth. Lastly, re-wash your left hand and you are good to enter the shrine. When ascending the steps to make a prayer you ring the bell, bow twice (deeply), clap your hands twice, then bow one more time. You can give an offering of money too, if you wish. There is no fee to visit the temple. There are escalators to get up to the shrine as well, so have no fear of visiting. It's easily accessible from Akasaka or Akasaka-Mitsuke stations.