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Kanda Myoujin Edo Culture Complex EDOCCO

神田明神文化交流館 EDOCCO


Spirituality and History Meet at Kanda Myoujin

Visit a shrine where a millennium of history and modern culture intertwine in central Tokyo

Climb up a long flight of stairs from Tokyo’s most famous electric town, Akihabara, to soak up ancient history and spirituality at Kanda Myoujin, a revered Shinto shrine. Kanda Myoujin was built around 1270 years ago in Otemachi (east of the Imperial Palace), then moved to its present location at the beginning of the Edo Period, dating back some 400 years. The current hall of worship was the first-ever concrete-made Shinto sanctuary, and has withstood a history of airborne attacks and natural disasters.

The three enshrined deities, or Kami, of Kanda Myoujin are Oho-na-muji-nomikoto (Daikokuten), Sukuna-hiko-na-no-mikoto (Ebisu-sama), and Taira-no-Masakado (Masakado-sama). Many come to Kanda Myoujin to pray to them for happiness, wealth, and success.

The Kanda Festival, known as one of Japan’s three greatest festivals (Matsuri) is held in May of every odd-numbered year, when portable shrines (Mikoshi) and taiko performances flood the central business district of Otemachi and the Akihabara Electric Town.

In 2018, the Edo Culture Complex EDOCCO – a modern cultural centre with attached café and conference rooms – opened on the shrine grounds. The location hosts a variety of workshops where visitors can immerse themselves in various aspects of Japan’s traditional cultural heritage including tea ceremony, calligraphy, kimono, and Japanese cuisine. The Kanda Myoujin Hall event space is an incredible setting for gatherings of all kinds – from concert performances to business conferences and even wrestling contests. Worshippers may also find the famous Kachi-mamori (literally, “victory charm”) in the amulet stalls, as well as Edo-themed merchandise and other exclusive, one-of-a-kind products in the souvenir shop IKI IKI.