Translated by Allie
Vermilion Torii Gates In Hanazonoinari Shrine, Ueno Park
Written by Hori Yuhei
Did you know that Kyoto's Fushimi Taisha is not the only shrine where you can see colonnades of torii gates? Inari shrines exist all over, even in Tokyo!
You must have heard of Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, which is a famous sightseeing spot among people from all over the world. Senbon Torii in the picture above attracts travelers and its name literally means thousands of vermilion torii gates. It gets you in the world of Japanese mystery.
There might be people who are going to Tokyo but don't have the time or money to go all the way down to Kyoto. Well, here's a spot just for you here in Tokyo.
There is a shine in Tokyo that gives you the same mysterious atmosphere as Fushimi Inari Taisha without visiting Kyoto. It is called Hanazonoinari Shrine inside Ueno Park
1. The mysterious path lined with red torii gates
Japanese call the path that leads you from the main entrance to the main shine building Sando. The Sando at Hanazonoinari Shrine also has bright red torii gates lined up like Fushimi Inari Taisha.
When you reach the end of the Sando, you'll be surrounded by silence that is unimaginable considering the lively atmosphere of Ueno. You won't believe that you are still in the Ueno area!
2. Power Spot for matchmaking
The charm of Hanazonoinari Shrine doesn't only lie in its torii or Sando but also in the fact that it is a power spot. Power spots are places believed to give people some special energy and health through spiritual power. Hanazonoinari Shrine is a power spot where people can go wish for good relationships with their partners and for fetility.
3. Historical spot, Ana Inari
There is a mysterious stone cave right in front of Hanazonoinari Shrine. It is said that Japanese originally worshiped to this stone cave.
They used to call Hanazonoinari Shrine "Ana (hole in Japanese) Inari" The darkness inside the cave gives of a magical vibe.
Hanazonoinari Shrine is located in Ueno Park, which is filled with lots of other places to visit like the zoo, art museums, and more. If you go to the Ueno area, please consider to visit Hanazonoinari Shrine, famous as a matchmaking center.
Address: 4-17 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Station：3 min on foot from JR Ueno Station, Ueno Park gate and Keisei Ueno Station.
5 min on foot from Ueno Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Ginza lines.
Official Website: Hanazonoinari Shrine (Japanese)