Kanda Shrine

Attraction Kanda Shrine 2 Chome-2-16-2 Sotokanda Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021 Published on: 13-11-2015

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03:00 PM
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Kanda Myojin Shrine is a breath of fresh air in the heart of Tokyo. The shrine is immensely important in the Shinto religion, has a notable history, and hosts one of Tokyo's biggest festivals.

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Why Kanda Shrine is special ?

One of the few Shrines that survived the WWII bombing, the Kanda Myojin has existed in its current form since 1934. The shrine was originally built over one thousand six hundred years ago. Its area is rather large with several back streets and houses three main Gods as well as several other lesser Gods. The Kanda Festival, reputedly one of the three greatfestivals of Japan, is the festival of the Kanda Myojin Shrine.

What to explore at Kanda Shrine?

Kanda Myojin is a place to be enjoyed slowly and meanderingly. From the street, the shrine's main entrance is a rare green copper torii tucked tightly between neighboring buildings. Beyond that lies Zuishin-mon, the two-story main gate that will take up too much of your camera's memory space if you let it. The shrine buildings themselves are painted a beautiful vermilion and are intricately decorated with a great amount of detail. Beautiful murals of the enormously popular Kanda Festival (see below) are painted on the sides of buildings. The main shrine building was constructed in gongen-zukuri, an architectural style favored by Shinto shrines in which the main hall and worship hall are connected in an H-shape.

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How to get to Kanda Shrine?

From Ochanomizu Station on the Chiyoda Line take Exit B1, walk across the bridge over the river and straight on to the next traffic signal. Turn right, the shrine is on the left.

From JR Ochanomizu Station, take the Hijiribashi Exit and follow the same route across the river.

From the Marunouchi Line, take Exit 1, walk down the street under the overpass and carry on to the next corner. Turn left, walk up the hill, you should be able to see the torii gate to the left. The dark temple-like building you are passing on your left is Yushima Seido, a memorial to Confucius.

Selling points

  • Peaceful shrine in quiet area
  • Great photo ops
  • Tradition Meets Today
  • Relaxing Shrine near Akihabara
  • Historic Major Tokyo Shrine
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Duration
9.0 days
Estimated
1,379.63 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Kanda Shrine 2 Chome-2-16-2 Sotokanda Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021

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  • There are two entrances, one up a steep flight of stairs found at the end of a small alley and one up a hilly street.
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  • There are lots of lanterns around the shrine.
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  • You must not eat, drink or smoke in the Shrine.
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  • You should not make noise.
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  • You should make sure that your children stay in order not to bother other people.
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  • It was a bit difficult to find - just keep looking for high ground.
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We visited for Shichi-Go-San on a recommendation from Shibuyakko. (Thank you!)Kanda Myojin was perfect for that. Loads of dressed up children and their proud parents and grandparents were everywhere having their photos taken by family members and professionals.A horse appeared near the small stage on the side of the courtyard and then was soon gone. A Lion Dance to the playing of flutes and drums followed. The lion leaned over the stage, "transformed" to another lion performer who went around the courtyard and snuck up from behind several children and frightened some of them. In addition to the real live lion dance, there is a vending machine with an electric lion dancer who distributes fortunes if you put in a coin.On the day we were there, we saw at least two weddings and several other wedding couples were at the temple to have their photos taken; this is probably because Daikoku is one of the gods enshrined here. Another god here, Ebisu, is the god of fishermen and is usually portrayed with a fishing rod. Off to the side of the main courtyard is an interesting sculpture of Ebisu as a child on a circular wave.The temple itself is quite colorful and worth a visit, even when it is not holding a festival.It was a bit difficult to find - just keep looking for high ground. There are two entrances, one up a steep flight of stairs found at the end of a small alley and one up a hilly street. The route is described in greater detail by others here.

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If you’re spending the better part of a day, or even the whole day, in Akihabara, walk just a couple of blocks to the west and discover this place. Kanda Shrine is situated uphill from all the action down in Akiba itself, but I like how this change in elevation adds to a sense of secluded tranquility. The red-and-white colours make for one of the most visually interesting religious site in Japan, at least by my tastes. Of course, this being adjacent to Akiba, the cultures of anime and technology have worked their way in here as well. While here, you should check out the rows of ema (wish plaques), many of which are illustrated by manga/anime artists, and the robotic dragon fortune-telling machine.

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I was strolling around Akihabara then looked "what is near me" and this popped up. Short walk from Akihabara station to here and very quiet place at Saturday noon. Behind it is small park where one can enjoy some quiet and snacks :-)

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We visited for Shichi-Go-San on a recommendation from Shibuyakko. (Thank you!) Kanda Myojin was perfect for that. Loads of dressed up children and their proud parents and grandparents were everywhere having their photos taken by family members and professionals. A horse appeared near the small stage on the side of the courtyard and then was soon gone. A Lion Dance to the playing of flutes and drums followed. The lion leaned over the stage, "transformed" to another lion performer who went around the courtyard and snuck up from behind several children and frightened some of them. In addition to the real live lion dance, there is a vending machine with an electric lion dancer who distributes fortunes if you put in a coin. On the day we were there, we saw at least two weddings and several other wedding couples were at the temple to have their photos taken; this is probably because Daikoku is one of the gods enshrined here. Another god here, Ebisu, is the god of fishermen and is usually portrayed with a fishing rod. Off to the side of the main courtyard is an interesting sculpture of Ebisu as a child on a circular wave. The temple itself is quite colorful and worth a visit, even when it is not holding a festival. It was a bit difficult to find - just keep looking for high ground. There are two entrances, one up a steep flight of stairs found at the end of a small alley and one up a hilly street. The route is described in greater detail by others here.

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