Nezu Shrine is located in a popular oldtown strolling areas called “Yanesen”. “Yanesen” refers to the YAnaka, NEzu, and SENdagi areas in Taito and Bunkyo Cities, and Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street in particular attracts many tourists from Japan and abroad.

Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

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About Nezu Shrine

Worship hall of Nezu Shrine
Worship hall of Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine, one of the Tokyo Ten Shrines, is said to have been founded by Yamato-Takeru-no-mikoto (an ancient Japanese hero who appears in legends).
A total of seven structures built by the fifth shogun (general), Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, in 1706, including the shrine pavilions, the tower gate, and the west gate, still exist at Nezu Shrine, and are designated as National Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

Tower gate of Nezu Shrine
Tower gate of Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine enshrines Susanoo-no-mikoto, Oyamakui-no-mikoto, and Hondawake-no-mikoto as the main deities, and Okuninushi-no-mikoto and Sugawara-no-Michizane as the secondary deities.
It is said to bring a wide range of blessings, including protection against bad luck, prosperity in business, a good harvest, matchmaking, and academic achievement.

Otome Inari Shrine and Komagome Inari Shrine

Otome Inari Shrine located on grounds of Nezu Shrine
Otome Inari Shrine

There are two shrines on the grounds of Nezu Shrine, Otome Inari Shrine and Komagome Inari Shrine.
The highlight of Otome Inari Shrine is the Senbon-torii (Thousand Torii Gates), a splendid sight of vermilion shrine pavilions and torii gates standing side by side.
Note that the torii are smaller than those of Fushimi Inari Taisha, so please watch your heads.

1000 torii gates at Nezu Shrine

The Komagome Inari Shrine, on the other hand, has a somewhat solemn atmosphere.

Komagome Inari Shrine located on grounds of Nezu Shrine
Komagome Inari Shrine

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Nezu Shrine (根津神社)


1 Chome-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0031


6 minute walk from Nezu Station and Todaimae Station.
7 minute walk from Sendagi Station.
11 minute walk from Hon-komagome Station.
13 minute walk from Hakusan Station.
18 minute walk from Nippori Station.


(Tokyo Metro) Nezu Station
Chiyoda Line

(Tokyo Metro) Todaimae Station
Namboku Line

(Tokyo Metro) Sendagi Station
Chiyoda Line

(Tokyo Metro) Hon-komagome Station
Namboku Line

(Toei Transportation) Hakusan Station
Mita Line

(JR) Nippori Station
Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Joban Line

(Kesei Electric Railway) Nippori Station
Keisei Main Line, Skyliner

(Toei Transportation) Nippori Station
Nippori-toneri Liner