At Tsukudo Shrine, you can see how the Shinto religion resits change and fits into a modern city! This Japanese shrine with a traditional architecture is hidden by the structure of a building surmounted by a giant sword but the entrance is clearly marked by a red Shinto gate and two statues of lion-dogs. Enter, go straight then follow the little path on the right and you can even see a small shrine with many statues of foxes… Isn’t the Japanese culture fascinating? 🙂
The entrance to the sacred grounds of Tsukudo Shrine is free everyday, weekends and public holidays included. Near Kudanshita subway station, it is the Shinto shrine marked “18” on the Yes in Japan map of Chiyoda ward in Tokyo (version autumn 2014 & winter 2014-20115).
Yesterday, we accompanied a nice couple from Greece wishing to visit a beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. After visiting the ancient Rikugien garden, we walked a while in the streets of Bunkyo ward then entered a long row of red Shinto gates at Nezu shrine 🙂
Under a big blue sky, the green trees and large pond of the Rikugien garden looked fabulous and extremely peaceful though full of life! We saw cute carps, swimming turtles, a wooden Japanese bridge, a teahouse serving green tea, pink azaleas…
The quiet Nezu shrine features many statues (samurais, foxes, ashuras…) but foreign tourists get most excited by its numerous holy gates. This spot is excellent for a very Japanese souvenir photo!
To finish, we lunched in Akihabara and entered one of the best shops selling kendo equipment in Tokyo; the armours were beautiful! We planned this tour based on the travellers’ interests, season, weather, and accessibility from Hotel Niwa Tokyo. Thanks to these 2 Greek tourists, we also spent a very pleasant Spring day 🙂
To discover the Japanese people and culture through a personalized tour in English during your holidays in Japan, contact the Yes in Japan team…
- Rikugien = 六義園, Nezu shrine = 根津神社 (Nezu-jinja).
- Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.
You wonder about the Japanese gods and mythical creatures? You are interested in Buddhism and in Japan’s ancient religion Shintoism? Then, we strongly recommend you the Yes in Japan walking tour “Japanese Gods Grand Tour” in Tokyo (reference W14D), launched for Spring 2014 by our travel agency Travel Stand Japan.
Do not miss this dense tour with engraved walls, a salt Jizo, a hidden dragon, a fox army, Happy Gods, a peaceful Kannon, and… a Buddhist temple in a kindergarten! You may even walk on the tatami mats of another Buddhist temple to see holy statues and other objects at closer range… Our English-speaking guide will show you the way, will reveal interesting and fun objects, and will provide background information.
Current calendar for April 2014: Wednesday 02, Wednesday 09, Wednesday 16, Wednesday 23, and Wednesday 30 with departures at 09:30 from Tokyo Dome Hotel. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.
Travel through the mystic world of Japan in a little-known district of Tokyo…
- Buddhism = 仏教 (Bukkyo), Shintoism = 神道 (Shinto).
- Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu), Tokyo = 東京.