Temples & Shrines: Kanda Myojin
Kanda Myojin Shrine 明治神宮
Tokyoites come here to pray for success in business, good health and happy marriage. There are large statues of the Shinto favorites Daikoku and Ebisu, as well as Taira-no-Masakado.
Kanda Myojin Shrine History
Kanda Myojin Shrine Features
The 17th century wooden buildings were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and were then rebuilt in concrete - the shrine survived the fire-bombing of Tokyo in World War II, as a result. The wooden Zuishin Gate was rebuilt after the war using cypress (hinoki) and restorations have continued until recently on other buildings in the shrine complex.
In the shrine grounds are various statues and stone monuments including a large statue of Daikoku and a stone plaque dedicated to Zenigata Heiji, a fictional Edo era policeman, created by author Kodo Nomura (1882-1963), who catches criminals by throwing coins (zeni). There is also a monument to Zenigata Heiji's sidekick Hachigoro.
Kanda Myojin Shrine Festivals
Kanda Myojin is the home shrine of the Kanda Matsuri, which is held every two years in May with horen (imperial palanquins) and mikoshi (portable shrines) paraded through the neighborhood. A smaller parade takes place in the intervening years. Kanda Matsuri is one of the three major Shinto festivals held in Tokyo.
Kanda Matsuri dates back to 1600 and was supposedly begun by Ieyasu Tokugawa to celebrate his victory at the Battle of Sekigahara, which secured his rule of the whole country and began what is known as the Edo Period which was to last until 1868.
Kanda Myojin is also a popular shrine for people to come during the Shichi-go-san festival period in November.
Kanda Myojin Shrine Hours and Admission
Free admission to shrine grounds.
Kanda Myojin Shrine Access
Kanda Myojin Shrine
Tel: 03 3254 0753