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Nezu Jinja Shrine

Shrine of Azaleas and Vermilion Torii

Photo of Nezu Jinja Shrine, Japan (Nezu Shrine, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo Japan, 1706. by Wiiii)

Nezu Jinja Shrine is a Shinto sanctuary in Tokyo, known for its azaleas and historical architecture. With origins tracing back to its founding on its current site in 1706, this shrine is a significant cultural site, featuring a torii gate pathway and a Japanese garden. The shrine’s structures, including the main hall and tower gate, are Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

About Nezu Jinja Shrine

The historical significance of Nezu Jinja Shrine is acknowledged in the cultural history of Tokyo. As part of the Tokyo Ten Shrines, the shrine has been a notable site since its construction in the Edo period. The chief deity, Susanoo-no-Mikoto, the kami of the sea and storms, underscores the spiritual heritage of Nezu Jinja Shrine.

Architecturally, Nezu Jinja Shrine exhibits the Ishi-no-ma-zukuri style, renowned for the combination of the main sanctuary, offering hall, and worship hall. Seven of the shrine’s buildings, erected in 1706 on the estate of a Tokugawa family descendant, are recognized as Important Cultural Properties. The shrine has withstood numerous historical events, including World War II.

The Azalea Festival, or Tsutsuji Matsuri, is the pinnacle of the shrine’s annual events, taking place from early April to early May. The shrine also observes other annual festivals such as Setsubun and the Reisai, which offer visitors a look into Japan’s seasonal traditions.

The shrine’s ties to notable literary figures like Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki add cultural depth. Ogai, a parishioner, referenced the shrine in his cultural contributions, and there are plans to incorporate elements related to him on the shrine grounds.

Visitors to Nezu Jinja Shrine can explore the garden, admire the architecture, and engage in Shinto rituals. The vermilion torii gates and the viewing platform over the koi pond are distinctive features. In the vicinity, one can discover historic sites connected to Japanese literature.

Combining natural beauty, cultural significance, and historical architecture, Nezu Jinja Shrine stands as a testament to Japan’s past and present. It offers an experience that reflects the country’s historical and cultural legacy for all visitors.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Nezu Jinja Shrine

C 14

 Chiyoda Line

 5-10 minute walk (700m)
N 12

 Namboku Line

 5-10 minute walk (800m)
I 13

 Mita Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.1km)
JY 07

 JR Yamanote Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)

Around Nezu Jinja Shrine

Nezu Jinja Shrine

Shinto Shrine in Tokyo

open 24 hours
closed Irregularly


根津神社, 東京

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