Azaleas in bloom. Source: epochtimes

8 Reasons To Visit the Nezu Shrine in Tokyo

5. Help with tying the knot

If you need a little divine help with tying the knot, the above-mentioned Otome Inari Shrine might be the right place to look. It is known to be popular among women looking for some help with marital blessings.

The Otome Inari Shrine. Source: http://jinnzyatosaketo.seesaa.net/archives/201304-1.html
The Otome Inari Shrine. Source: http://jinnzyatosaketo.seesaa.net/archives/201304-1.html

6. The Nezu Shrine Grand Festival

Each year in September, a Grand Festival is held at Nezu Shrine. It is often considered to be among the three biggest Edo Festivals with huge dance performances and processions on show. The large number of street vendors during this festival adds to the hustle and bustle and people from all walks of life can be seen participating in the festivities.

Nezu Shrine Grand Festival. Source: http://antonmin.exblog.jp/13252183
Nezu Shrine Grand Festival. Source: http://antonmin.exblog.jp/13252183

7. Get your wished granted by the divine messenger – the white snake

Power spots are particularly popular among the Japanese people. Here, a white snake which acts as a messenger of the gods is said to reside in a kaya tree in the shrine. You could write a wish on an ema (wooden plaque) and hang it around the tree, or get yourself a snake charm.

Kaya tree with the white snake. Source: http://enjojiyu.at.webry.info/200906/article_5.html
Kaya tree with the white snake. Source: http://enjojiyu.at.webry.info/200906/article_5.html

8. There are other things to do in the neighbourhood

The Nezu and Yanaka area have a designated cultural walk that takes your through various attractions of cultural value, be it shrines, tombs, historical tea-houses and what not. It is also close to the pinnacle of education in Japan – the main campus of the University of Tokyo and the Yayoi Museum.

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Source: Yusuke Umezawa

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