Yanaka is one of the best, undiscovered, Old Tokyo neighborhoods in town, filled with traditional shops and excellent shrines and temples.
The Nezu Shrine is my favorite shrine in Tokyo. I love walking through the long tunnel of orange torii gates, and in April the hills surrounding it are covered in blooming azaleas.
In addition to having nice buildings, the hillside surrounding the Nezu Shrine is completely covered with azalea bushes, which burst into flaming balls of pink, white and purple at the end of April every year.
Shrine hours: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Just for fun, here are the eleven strangest shrines in Tokyo, with details on how you can enlist the resident gods’ superpowers.
Here’s more to do in the neighborhood, while you’re there:
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