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Nezu Shrine, Bunkyo

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Soak up the atmosphere and history of Nezu Shrine, a Shinto shrine said to be one of the country's oldest. According to legend, Prince Osu founded the shrine in the 1st century CE, just north from the spot where it currently resides. The 17th-century Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa then moved the shrine to its current location to celebrate his having selected an heir. Made in traditional Gongen style, the shrine's vermilion coloration fits in nicely with the surrounding leafy scenery, and several of its architectural features--including the main hall, sanctuary, worship hall, and large gates--are designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. Using our world travel planner, Tokyo attractions like Nezu Shrine can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This place reminds me of kyoto. Definitely not as awesome as kyoto but still a cool place to visit. We enjoyed walking around and taking lots of pictures.  more »
  • Nezu Shrine, one of the most beautiful shrines in Tokyo, located near Ueno Park. Famous for its Azalea Festival held in April-May, this shrine is a favorite destination of many Tokyoites and internati...  more »
  • We spent a short after-hours visit to this shrine. We enjoyed walking through the small set of gates and took a few pictures. The next day we walked through in the early morning and saw a wedding part...  more »
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  • Quite a walk from the nearest subway station. This old peaceful shrine comes to life during the spring Azalea Festival. This is the best time to visit although it is very crowded. It is amazingly beautiful.
  • Beautiful shrine with a quite long torii path. Very spacious and comfortable, but limited things to see.
  • Neat place during April Thru first weekend of May to view the azaleas and gnosh on some good eats. The area in front of the shrine is loaded with vendors that serve anything from takoyaki, noodles, shaved ice, grilled anything and entertainment activities for the kids. The shrine usually has some cultural events on stage as well. The best time to view the azaleas will be mid April as they start to wilt in early May.
  • A taste of Kyoto just a short walk from the Nippori and Yanaka areas. This Shrine is one of the bigger ones in Tokyo. The most characteristic element of the Shrine is tens of small red torii winding along a path next to a small stream. In the spring, hundreds of azaleas bloom on the slopes on the Shrine's grounds making for a very picturesque scenery. You can enjoy the view from the public square or pay a small fee and wander around between the bushes. Apart from the azalea festival, various other events are held on the grounds throughout the year, including a flea market and a festival floats parade.
  • Beautiful buildings and natural environment, not too busy with visitors so feels peaceful. Recommend the Azalea festival end of April beginning of May.