Shrines & Temples - Tokyo Seasonal Guide

Shrines & Temples


Meiji-Jingu Shrine

One of my favorite shrines in Tokyo is Meiji-Jingu Shrine. Meiji-Jingu Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his Empress. The number of people who attend the New Year's event, Hatsumode, is the largest in Japan.
Once on the grounds of the shrine, you will find yourself in a solemn atmosphere, even though it is located near Harajuku Station. I love that atmosphere.
One of the highlights is the Otorii, the largest gateway in Japan. This is the largest wooden Myojin(one of the types of torii) Torii in Japan. The torii is 12 meters high.
This is a barrel of sake. They were dedicated to Meiji-Jingu Shrine from all over Japan. There are 216 barrels piled up.
Each shrine has the Omikuji, a written oracle that predicts one's fortune. The Omikuji at Meiji-Jingu Shrine does not contain fortune, but rather a guideline for action. It is also written in English, so try it out.


Location 1-1 Yoyogi-kamizono-cyo Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access 1 minutes walk from Harajyuku Station of JR Yamanote line or Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line or Fukutoshin line 5 minutes walk from Yoyogi Station on JR or Toei Oedo line 3 minutes walk from Sangubashi Station on Odakyu line 5 minutes walk from Kitasando Station on Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line
Opening Hours Sunrise to sunset
Holidays No closing days
Admission Fee Free

Nezu Shrine

One of the most photogenic places of worship in Tokyo is Nezu Shrine in Yanaka area.
The main shrine, designated as an important cultural property, and the vermilion Senbon-torii gate are highlights.
Especially in April, the azalea festival, with over 3,000 azalea plants in full bloom, is one of the must-see festivals.




Location 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Access 5 minutes walk from Nezu and Sendagi Station on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line 5 minutes walk from Todaimae Station on Tokyo Metro Line 10 minutes walk from Hakusan Station on Toei Mita Line
Opening Hours 6:00-17:00
Closing days Open daily
Admission Fee Free The Azaria festival's admission fee ¥300


Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Tsukiji Honganji Temple has a unique appearance for a Buddhist temple. Tsukiji Honganji Temple was founded in 1617 near Asakusa, but was destroyed by fire in the Great Mereki Fire of 1657, and even after rebuilding, was destroyed by fire in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and was rebuilt in 1934 to its current main hall. Designed by architect Dr. Chuta Ito, the exterior of Tsukiji Honganji Temple is modeled after ancient Buddhist architecture from India and other Asian countries, and features stained glass windows at the entrance to the main hall and numerous animal sculptures. Visitors can enjoy an oriental atmosphere.
Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple aims to be an open temple, and the "18-course breakfast" is popular at the annexed cafe.
Cite photo from website
Cite photo from website


Locationl 3-15-1 Tsukiji Chuo-ku Tokyo Japan
Access Directly connected to Tsukiji station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya line 5 minutes walk from Shintomicyo Station on Tokyo Metro Yurakucyo line 5 minutes walk from Higashiginza Station on Toei Asakusa Line 5 minutes walk from Tsukijiichiba Station on Toei Oedo Line
Opening Hours 6:00-16:00
Admission Fee Free