Shrines & Temples Tokyo

The Best Shrines & Temples in Tokyo

A list of shrines and temples in Tokyo.

Akagi Shrine in Kagurazaka - Kagurazaka was once the playground of Tokyo’s political elite and the role of the shrine was centered around providing support for this community. However, as times have changed and Kagurazaka sees a second life as ... continue reading
Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple - The legend goes that in 628 CE two brothers found a statue at the bottom of the Sumida River while out fishing and brought it back to their home. The village head, upon seeing the ... continue reading
Hanazono Shrine - Tucked in behind the buildings of Yasukuni Dori, Hanazono is an Edo period shrine that acts as protector of the area. The Otori Festival is held at the shrine every year in November. Access 5-17-3 ... continue reading
Hie Shrine - Hie Shrine was established in 1478 by the regional lord, Ota Dokan—best known as the architect of Edo castle—to enshrine the spirit of Kawagoe Sanno Shrine so that it could act as protector of the ... continue reading
Kanda Myojin Shrine - One of Tokyo’s most colourful shrines, Kanda Myojin’s origins date back almost 1,300 years when it was erected in a fishing village that stood in today’s Otemachi district. The shrine was relocated to the little ... continue reading
Meiji Shrine (Meiji-Jingu) - Located behind Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine (明治神宮) was built in dedication to Emperor Meiji for his role in restoring imperial rule to Japan and accelerating its industrialisation. Completed in 1920 with the help of volunteers, ... continue reading
Nezu Shrine - Built almost two millennia ago, Nezu Shrine is one of Japan’s oldest and a main attraction in the Yanaka area. The shrine is also known for a line of small torii and, if you are visiting ... continue reading
Sengaku-ji Temple & The 47 Ronin - Sengaku-ji was built just south of Edo castle (on the grounds of which Tokyo Imperial Palace now stands) by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612 in memory of Imagawa Yoshimoto, a powerful feudal lord to whom Ieyasu ... continue reading
Taishakuten Daikyo-ji Temple - Founded in 1629, Taishakuten Daikyo-ji Temple (officially Kyoeizan Daikyo-ji) sits at the end of the main shopping street in Shibamata. It was selected by the Yomiuri Shibun as one of the 100 Landscapes of Heisei ... continue reading
Yasukuni Shrine - Yasukuni’s history as a site of enshrinement for the war dead extends all the way back to its establishment in 1869—souls from conflicts such as the Boshin War, Sino-Japanese, and Russo-Japanese, amongst others, have found ... continue reading
Zojo-ji Temple - The main temple of the Buddhist Jodo sect, Zojo-ji’s origins actually date back to the 9th century when a temple was founded by a monk of the Shingon Buddhist sect at Kaizuka (now Kojimachi in ... continue reading