Hie Shrine on a Rainy Day

A nice place to visit even in bad weather

By Ekaterina Bespyatova    - 1 min read

October 2017 was marked by unusually bad weather throughout Japan. In Tokyo it rained almost every day, but, as I found out strolling through the neighborhood of Akasaka, rain has its magic. It makes things look different and sometimes gives more charm to already charming places.

One of those is the well-known Hie Shrine, a popular place for formal ceremonies and events like Shichi-Go-San, a children's celebration in November, and the Sanno Matsuri in May. It stands on a little hill and consists mostly of open spaces. You can approach the shrine from different directions via sets of stairs. The eastern approach is famous for its numerous red torii gates reminiscent of Kyoto, and the northern part is simply quiet and peaceful—very enjoyable in the rain. You can see the northern stairs in the video.

An interesting fact about Hie Shrine that I didn’t know before: it’s one of the “10 Shrines of Tokyo”—a modern day Shinto pilgrimage established in 1975 largely for the purposes of promoting tourism. Maybe one day I’ll visit all of them and collect all their calligraphy stamps in one album.

Getting there

Hie Shrine is next to Tameike Sanno Station. It's also accessible via the Ginza and Nanboku subway lines.

More info

Find out more about Hie Shrine.

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Ekaterina Bespyatova

Ekaterina Bespyatova @ekaterina.bespyatova

My name is Ekaterina and I enjoy looking at the world through my camera’s viewfinder. I travel a lot and capture what I find beautiful – in nature, culture, people. Japan is a place I have a special connection with – I’ve spent 7 years living in Tokyo and I’ve travelled across the country extensively, often to remote and less known locations. I have a large collection of photos from years of my Japan travels that I hope to eventually put online. And that collection constantly grows, because I always go back – there’s so much yet to discover. ​Check out my travel blog Amenohi Travels to see more. ​*** ​Здравствуйте, меня зовут Екатерина, и я люблю смотреть на мир через объектив фотоаппарата. Я много путешествую и снимаю то, что мне кажется красивым - природу, людей, созданное людьми. ​С Японией у меня давняя и глубокая связь. Я прожила 7 лет в Токио, объездила всю страну из конца в конец и регулярно возвращаюсь за новыми впечатлениями. За годы путешествий по Японии у меня скопилась большая коллекция фотографий, которые я планирую постепенно сделать доступными онлайн. Своими впечатлениями от поездок я делюсь здесь - а также на страницах своего сайта Amenohi Travels.

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Kim 2 years ago
Beautifully captured! I've never been to this shrine during my time in Tokyo, but it looks charming and peaceful.
Ekaterina Bespyatova Videographer 2 years ago
Thank you :) It's centrally located, you can easily combine it with a visit to other places nearby.