Nezu Shrine–Return to Ancient Days

Many worshipers throughout the year

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

The origin of Nezu Shrine dates back to a mythical world. According to legend, the second son of the 12th Emperor, Yamato Takeru, established this shrine and prayed for a victory when he went east to fight. The current sanctuary was constructed by the 5th Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1706. From then, this area was developed as a “temple town” serving Nezu Shrine, (It had been a mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism before the two religions were separated during the Meiji Period) and was full of flourishing restaurants or bars. During WWII, the Great Tokyo Air Raid destroyed the entire city. But luckily, this neighborhood survived. And so, lots of old buildings including Nezu Shrine still remain today.

In April, thousands of azaleas come out on the west slope of Nezu Shrine. It is just stunning! Nezu Shrine is constantly visited by worshipers throughout the year. But especially in the azalea season, huge numbers of people come here.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。

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Elena Lisina a year ago
When I visited Azalea festival, the shrine was crowded, but the view was really grand!
Olga 5 years ago
Very beautiful, especially with azaleas!
Yuta Yamazaki 5 years ago