Suitengu Shrine is a shrine located in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. It was built in 1818 and is a famous relic of Tokyo and a favorite shrine of tourists. It is built in the style of “Gonzan-zukuri”, and the curve of the roof of the main hall is particularly impressive. Since the Edo period, many people have believed in Suitengu Shrine as a shrine that blesses safe childbirth and the delivery of babies.
Suitengu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to safe childbirth, and the main prayers are the “safe childbirth prayer,” which prays for the safety of the mother and the smooth birth of the child, and the “child delivery prayer,” which prays for the delivery of the child. It is said that if the mother-to-be prays for the safety of the mother and the child when she is in her fifth month of pregnancy, the mother and child will be safe. However, it is important not to go just anywhere, but to choose a day in the Japanese calendar that is labeled “Dog Day,” as the Japanese believe that a dog’s birth is always smooth and easy. After worshipping at Suitengu Shrine, you should put a belly band around your stomach, which is said to keep you warm and cushion you in case of a bump.
Many couples and their families come to Suitengu Shrine every day to pray for a safe delivery or a child, and of course, many come to return a wish or to pay homage to the full moon, so it is always full of visitors on both weekdays and holidays.
How to get there
Open Hours: 8:00-17:00
Location 2-4-1 Nihonbashikakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0014, Japan
Access (1)6 minutes on foot from Ningyocho Station (Exit A1 of Subway Hibiya Line, Exit A3 of Subway Toei Asakusa Line)
(2)3 minutes on foot from Suitengumae Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Exit 5)
The main shrine is located up a flight of stairs of modern construction.
Many gods and goddesses are enshrined in the precincts of the shrine.
When we visited, the temple was crowded with families visiting the shrine, perhaps because it was a beautiful day. There are many red seals depending on the season.