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Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

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Nezu-jinja Shrine 根津神社

## A stunning shrine hidden in a charming residential area

One of Tokyo's best-kept secrets, Nezu Jinja Shrine is said to date back 1900 years. The current structures, which survived the air raids of WWII, are mostly intact from the early 1700s.

Quick Facts

The shrine has a picturesque path of red Torii gates

The surrounding hills burst into color during the annual Azalea Festival

How to Get There

It is accessible by metro train or a 20-minute walk from Ueno Station.

Nezu Jinja is in the Yanesen area of Tokyo, short for Yanaka-Nezu-Sendagi. It is not far from Ueno Park and the main campus of the University of Tokyo.

You can walk from Ueno Station through Ueno Park, which will take you through many interesting old neighborhoods. Three subway stations are also within a short walk: the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nezu or Sendagi Stations and the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line Todaimae Station.

Enjoy the bold colors and locals dressed in kimono at the Azalea Festival

Nezu Jinja is most famous for its Azalea Festival, with around 50 varieties blooming from late April to May. The festival features food stalls and games.

The architecture, spacious landscape, and tranquil atmosphere merit a visit at any time of year. Much less well-known than larger shrines and temples such as Meiji Jingu Shrine and Sensoji, Nezu Jinja offers an authentic experience.

Discover decorative Gongen architecture

Built in the style of Nikko's famed Toshogu Shrine, Nezu Jinja Shrine is covered in ornate, gilded carvings that contrast with the bold vermillion pillars. Called Gongen, the decorative style is somewhat rare in Tokyo. Six of its structures have been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

The iconic tunnel of torii

Along with the impressive structures, the relaxing grounds of the shrine attract local visitors. Stroll the winding paths across the hill above the shrine and gaze into the large pond, filled with koi and terrapins enjoying the sun.

Just above the main shrine, there is a small path of red torii gates, a smaller version of the famous one that leads to Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

This part of Nezu Jinja Shrine, flanked by fox statues, is called Otome Inari Jinja. Near the torii tunnel, you can find a small mound that pays tribute to Tokugawa Ienobu, the sixth shogun of the Edo period.

Explore the area

The narrow streets around the shrine are dotted with cafes and traditional sweet shops, including stores selling local favorites Karinto cookies and Taiyaki filled with bean paste. Explore the main part of Yanesen just beyond the shrine to see its mixture of retro and modern architecture, small galleries, cafes, tea shops, and wine bars. Though it is close to the city center, life has a decidedly more leisurely pace here, making it the perfect place to while away an afternoon.

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