Japanese Culture

Shrine

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Official name is “Kanda Shrine”
Due to its proximity to Akihabara (Akiba), the center of anime culture, in the 2010s the area became the setting for anime and light novel productions such as the “Love Live! series, “Steins;Gate” and “Tokyo Ravens” in the 2010s.
The area is often used for pilgrimages to the Seichi.
Goods collaborating with the anime are sold at the shrine, but it is also an interesting place just to visit the shrine.the 

Basic information

Business hours: 
Open 24 hours, but daytime visits are recommended

Yanagimori shrine

Yanagimori Shrine is located in Kanda-Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Its common name is Kurainatama-no-Okami (Great Goddess of Inari).

It is said to have been built in the Muromachi period (1336-1573) by Ota Dokan, who invited the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto to protect the northeastern part of Edo Castle from the devil’s gate, and was called one of the Edo Sanmori shrines along with Sugimori Shrine and Karasumori Shrine.

There is a shrine called Fukujujin Shrine, which is dedicated to a tanuki.
In Japan, it is said that by worshipping a tanuki, one can enjoy the “marry into the purple,” “victory in a game,” “success in life,” and “safe delivery of a child.

It also appears in the anime “Steins;Gate,” and some people worship in this way.

Basic information

Business hours:
Open 24 hours, but daytime visits are recommended.

Hanabusa Inari Shrine

Hanabusa Inari Shrine is a small shrine located in Akihabara, Tokyo. It is said to have been built in the Edo period (1603-1867), and the current shrine was reconstructed after World War II.

The shrine is surrounded by buildings on all sides, and although its presence can be seen on a map, it is not visible from the main street. To visit the shrine, visitors must pass through an alleyway that is barely wide enough for a single person to pass.

It is said to be beneficial for curing coughs.

Basic information

Business hours:
24 hours

Manseibashi station

Bansebashi Station is a currently unused station located near Akihabara Station.
Although it ceased operations in 1943, the historic building is now used as a mall and café.
The café is built where the platform used to be, so visitors can enjoy watching the Chuo Line traffic up close.
The staircase remains as it was in those days, and some documents and other materials are on display.

Basic information

Business hours:
Store
11:00 – 20:00

Restaurant/Cafe
Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00 Sun & Holidays / 11:00-21:00

Staircase 1912, Staircase 1935, Platform
Mon-Sat 11:00~22:00 Sun/Public Holiday/11:00~20:30

Open Deck
Mon-Sat 11:00~22:30 Sun/Public Holiday/11:00~20:30

Great People. Amazing Tours. Beautiful Akihabara.