Hanazono Shrine in Tokyo

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  • Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku Tokyo

    Main Building (Haiden) of Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku

  • Stone Torii Entrance Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku

    Stone Torii Entrance of Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo

  • Torii Entrance Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku

    Torii Entrance of Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo

  • Purification Basin (Chozuya) Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku Tokyo

    Purification Basin (Chozuya) Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo

  • Komainu Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku Tokyo

    Komainu (Lion-dogs) Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo

  • Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku

    Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo

  • Decoration Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku

    Decoration Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo

  • Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku

    Hanazono Shrine Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Hanazono Shrine (Hanazono-jinja) is a Shinto Shrine located close to the entertainment district Kabukicho in Shinjuku. The word hanazono stands for flower garden. The shrine has a long history and is dedicated to Inari, a god (kami) of fertility and business success. Best Ryokans in TokyoExplore Ryokans in Tokyo
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The Hanazono Shrine grounds include several sub-shrines like the Itoku Inari Shrine. You have to pass through some smaller torii gates before reaching the sub-shrine. The architecture style of the main building (haiden) is called dozo-zukuri. The whole area is surrounded by huge modern buildings. During spring and autumn there are beautiful festivals held at the shrine, like the Reitaisai, which are definitely worth a visit.

  • Hanazono Shrine
  • Opening Hours - every day for 24hrs
  • Closed - never, always open
  • Admission Fee - free

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History

The exact date of the construction of Hanazono Shrine is unknown, but the shrine was already mentioned in 1590 during the Azuchi–Momoyama period (1568 - 1600). It was the time before shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543 - 1616) overtook the power in the castle town Edo, which is known now as Tokyo. Between 1624 till 1644 (Kan'ei era) the location of the shrine was 250 meters south of the current spot. Hanazono was heavily damaged in its history due to fires for example in 1780 and 1811. The shrine you see today is a concrete replica from 1965 after it was completely destroyed during World War 2. The komainu (lion-dogs) statues at the entrance of the shrine are dating back to the 18th century and have survived all the tragic events.

Location

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Hanazono Shrine can be found in Shinjuku. This district is located in the centre of Tokyo.
Address: 5–17–3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo  160-0022

How to get to Hanazono Shrine?

  • 3min from Shinjuku-sanchome Station served by Toei Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Fukutoshin Line

Sightseeing spots at the Hanazono Shrine grounds

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Geino Asama Shrine - This sub-shrine is dedicated to performers to give them a good fortune for their shows. It also known as deity of entertainment. Many artists (show hosts, singers, actors etc.) come here to pray before their performance starts. Some of them made larger donations to the shrine. You can read their names on the boards surrounding the shrine.

Itoku Inari Shrine - You can reach the little shrine only by passing through a row of small torii gates. It is a typical Inari fox shrine. The head shrine of Inari can be found in Kyoto and is called Fushimi Inari-Taisha. It was one of my best shrine visits in Japan.

Karajishi-zo statue - This bronze statue/sculpture got the status of a tangible cultural property by Shinjuku officials.

Festival & Events at the shrine (dates can change without notice)

May

Hanazono Shrine Grand Festival - Reitaisai (29th - 30th of May)
Huge processions are held on these days. During odd-numbered years there is a procession of shrine-owned mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine). During even-numbered years you can experience a joint procession of community-owend mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine).

November

Tori-no-ichi Market (3times in Nov)
The Tori-no-ichi is a market which sells kumade (colorful decorated bamboo rakes). These rakes are said to bring good fortune to the buyers. These markets are held at many Shinto shrines in Tokyo.

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