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Nezu Shrine, Bunkyo

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Historic Site
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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  • Very quiet, cozy place very close to Tokyo university. Ponds, bridge, and lots of Torii in Nezu Shrine. Also you can see the Noh stage, for traditional Japanese play. 東大からすぐ近くにある根津神社。 大きな鳥居をくぐって境内に入ると...  more »
  • While moving around on foot in Yanaka we headed to this shrine located in a quaint neighbourhood. The highlight has to be the series of small vermillion Torii gates located to one side of the shrine. ...  more »
  • Unlike visits to other shrines in Tokyo, this is empty of one thing people which is great, even at the height of Cherry blossom time  more »
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  • It is very interesting. It is slightly tucked away from the main street, which is good, because it makes it more peaceful. There is a tori path completely like with tori, it is a little short, but very fascinating. There are three small shrines along the tori path, and the main shrine and gate are wonderfully crafted and make for fantastic pictures. Please be respectful of the customs and traditions.
  • Since we went there from Hakusan Station of the I (Mita) Line, we had to walk long. But it was not bad to walk in quiet residential area. (C line or N line is a lot nearer :) The red torii gates (千本鳥居)was beautiful, which somehow reminded me of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto.
  • Nice shrine, peaceful despite being somewhat busy. But for sighseeing, there's better, even in Tokyo. Still, if you're close by and have a bit of time, it's certainly wortg visiting.
  • Definitely a nice change from Asakusa. Nice as much action, but a calmer more peaceful experience.
  • A recommended place to go if you're in Japan but only plan to explore Tokyo. These gates are almost the same as Fushimi Inari Taisya in Kyoto but smaller and the route is shorter. Still worth for some photos.