About Nezu Jinja
Located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Nezu Shrine was founded in 1705 and is one of the ten major shrines in Tokyo. It is adjacent to the University of Tokyo and the former residences of great Japanese writers such as Mori Gouwai and Natsume Soseki, making it the most popular cultural attraction in Tokyo with a rich cultural atmosphere. The shrine has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property by Japan because of the preservation of old buildings including the main hall, the worship gate, the main hall, the tambourine gate, the durbar, and the building gate.
Because of its proximity to the former residences of many literary figures, Nezu Shrine has a close relationship with them. It is said that there is a stone in the precincts of the shrine named “Literati’s Resting Stone” because novelists such as Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) and Mori Gouwai (1862-1922) used to sit on it to ponder over their ideas. The stone was so named because novelists such as Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) and Mori Gouwai (1862-1922) used to sit on it and work out their ideas, and there are many references to Nezu Shrine in their works.
In addition to its rich cultural atmosphere, Nezu Shrine is best known for the azaleas in the grounds, where 3,000 azaleas of about 50 species are planted in a 6,000-square-meter azalea garden. Every year from late April to early May, an azalea festival is held on the shrine grounds, where a variety of azaleas compete for color, turning the shrine into a sea of flowers and earning it the reputation as “Tokyo’s No.1 Azalea Viewing Spot.
How to get there
1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-1131
Access:Tokyo Metro: 5-minute walk from “Nezu” and “Sendagi” stations on the Chiyoda Line and “Todaimae” station on the Namboku Line
Toei Subway: 10-minute walk from Hakusan Station on the Mita Line
It is just beautiful.
The most breathtaking torii gate.
It never bores the viewer!
Even though it is in Tokyo, the fact that it doesn’t make you think so is amazing.