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15 Must See Temples and Shrines in Tokyo

In Tokyo, there are many famous temples and shrines. They all have different events depending on the season. No need to travel all the way to Kyoto to see historic spots.

Tokyo is famous for so many things. If you are after food, there is no shortage of Michelin Star restaurants. If you are after luxury then stay at one of the many five star hotels in the city. Tokyo is a fashion capital and there shops everywhere you turn. However, if you are after a more genuine experience then perhaps visiting any of these shrines or temples may suit you better. Tokyo is not just a city of lights, night life, and technology. It is a cultural center much like Kyoto. The city is covered with shrines and temples dating back centuries, in some cases even a millennium. It’s often hard to decide which ones to visit, but every place is unique and is well-worth visiting.


#1. Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Perhaps one of them most popular shrines on the list, Meiji Jingu Shrine is located right next to the busy Harajuku district. This shrine was built to deify the spirits of the Meiji Emperor whom was indispensable during the Meiji Restoration and the modernization of Japan. This shrine is especially busy during the New Years when millions of patrons come to do their annual greeting to the shrine on the first of the year.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine

Address: 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station

Phone: 03-3379-5511

Website: Meiji Jingu Shrine


#2. Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

Another iconic destination is the famous Sensoji Temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo. This Buddhist temple is considered Tokyo’s oldest temple and it very significant. The temple ground’s host numerous festivals throughout the year. You will be awed by the magnificent architecture and the all-around lively atmosphere.
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Sensoji Temple

Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Phone: 03-3842-0181

Website: Sensoji Temple

Also Check: 3 Reasons Why Asakusa Sensoji Temple is a Must Visit Destination for Travelers


#3. Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

The infamous Yasukuni Shrine is the focal point of East Asian tensions wherever a Japanese Prime Minister visits. This shrine is thought to glorify the imperialism period of the Japanese empire. Visits are often viewed in a negative light by neighboring Asian countries like South Korea and China. Aside from the slightly controversial history, the shrine is a wonderful place to visit and feed the koi fish or enjoy a peaceful garden stroll. During the summer, this shrine hosts one of Tokyo’s largest festivals.
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Yasukuni Shrine

Address: 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Kudanshita Station

Phone: 03-3261-8326

Website: Yasukuni Shrine


#4. Zojoji Temple

Zojoji Temple

Zojoji Temple has a rich history and the history can be traced back to a disciple of the famous Kukai. The Sangedatsu Gate is the only original structure left untouched from the war, and it is believed that those who pass through the gate can be free from foolishness, anger, and greed.
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Zojoji Temple

Address: 4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Shibakoen Station

Phone: 03-3432-1431

Website: Zojoji Temple


#5. Shinagawa Shrine

Shinagawa Shrine
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Perhaps the Japanese deity at the Shinagawa Shrine may appeal to international travelers out there, Daikokuten, the god of food, is enshrined here. Dating back to the 12th century, this shrine is conveniently located in Shinagawa, and it is very accessible.
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Shinagawa Shrine

Address: 3-7-15 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Shimbaba Station

Phone: 03-3474-5575

Website: Shinagawa Shrine


#6. Koganji Temple

Koganji Temple

Koganji Temple is a popular place to visit and is known for the healing properties of the Jizo Togenuki. The Jizo looks like a Bodhisattva and it is all black. The act of pouring water over the Jizo statue on a corresponding part of your body will heal it. The temple is never closed and you are free to heal yourself day or night.
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Koganji Temple

Address: 3-35-2 Sugamo, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8 minute walk from Sugamo Station

Phone: 03-3917-8221

Website: Koganji Temple


#7. Akagi Shrine

Akagi Shrine

Located on top of Kagurazaka Hill, Akagi Shrine is perhaps one of the most recent and modern shrines in Tokyo. It was renewed in 2010 and since then the shrine has been the host to monthly flea markets and there is even find a restaurant/museum gallery area known as Akagi Cafe. This shrine is certainly different from standard Japanese shrines.
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Akagi Shrine

Address: 1-10 Akagi Motomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Kagurazaka Station

Phone: 03-3260-5071

Website: Akagi Shrine


#8. Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Tsukiji Honganji Temple is located in the ever popular Tsukiji area near the world famous fish market. The temple that preceded the Tsukiji Honganji Temple was actually located in Asakusa, but was burned down in the 17th century. It was rebuilt in its current location because the reigning shogun at the time refused to let it be rebuilt in Asakusa. This is a great shrine to visit if you are near or around the Tsukiji Fish Market!
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Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Address: 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Tsukiji Station

Phone: 03-3541-1131

Website: Tsukiji Honganji Temple


#9. Hanazono Inari Shrine

Hanazono Inari Shrine

Hanazono Inari Shrine is located in one of the most visited wards, Shinjuku, the shrine dates back to the 1600’s. This unassuming shrine deifies Inari, the god of fertility and success. If you visit during lunchtime, you may see many businessmen praying for success at work. You may find success too if you pray here.

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Hanazono Inari Shrine

Address: 4-59 Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Ueno Station

Phone: 03-3823-2034

Website: Hanazono Inari Shrine


#10. Kanda Shrine

Kanda Shrine

Kanda Shrine has a history dating back over a 1,000 years. Although the buildings have been rebuilt numerous times due to earthquakes and fires, there are multiple gods enshrined here representing things like worldly success. Even famous historical figures like Ieyasu Tokugawa visited this shrine.
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Kanda Shrine

Address: 2-16-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Ochanomizu Station

Phone: 03-3254-0753

Website: Kanda Shrine


#11. Gotokuji Temple

Gotokuji Temple

Gotokuji Temple is filled with maneki neko statues and rightfully so because this temple is the origin of these cat figurines. Maneki Neko are sort of like a lucky charm. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this temple may just break your preconceptions about Japanese temples.
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Gotokuji Temple

Address: 2-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Miyanosaka Station

Phone: 03-3426-1437

Website: Gotokuji Temple


#12. Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine
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The Nezu Shrine is a hidden gem. Though this shrine doesn’t have a long history, it still hosts one of the most beautiful festivals, the Tsutsuji Matsuri or Azalea Festival. The festival usually starts in early April and lasts until May.
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Nezu Shrine

Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Nezu Station

Phone: 03-3822-0753

Website: Nezu Shrine


#13. Yushima Temmangu Shrine

Yushima Temmangu Shrine

Yushima Tenmangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine that worships the god of learning, Tenjin. There are numerous shrines like this that are dedicated to Tenjin, however this particular shrine is famous for the large number of plum trees. In fact, this shrine hosts the annual plum festival, the Ume Matsuri. This festival usually happens in February or March, it depends when the trees bloom.
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Yushima Temmangu Shrine

Address: 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Yushima Station

Phone: 03-3836-0753

Website: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine


#14. Nogi Shrine

Nogi Shrine
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Nogi Shrine was built in 1923 making it one of the newest shrines. The name comes from the late General Nogi Maresuke whom the shrine is dedicated to. It is built on the spot where General Nogi committed suicide following the death of the Meiji Emperor. The current shrine buildings were built in 1957 after the original was destroyed during air raids in WWII.
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Nogi Shrine

Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Nogizaka Station

Phone: 03-3478-3001

Website: Nogi Shrine


#15. Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

Perhaps one of the most romantic shrines, Tokyo Daijingu Shrine was established in 1880. It pays homage to the gods of at the Ise Jingu Shrine located in Ise, Japan. The deities worshiped at the Ise Jingu Shrine and the Tokyo Daijingu Shrine, as well the deities of creation, both of these groups watch over matchmaking. The temple is also very popular for Shinto wedding ceremonies. However if you are after festivals, this shrine is the host to about 16 different festivals throughout the year.
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Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

Address: 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Iidabashi Station

Phone: 03-3262-3566

Website: Tokyo Daijingu Shrine


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