Translated by Hilary Keyes
Search For Love In Tokyo! 5 Shrines To Help Your Love Life
Written by Hiromasa Uematsu
There are over 1,000 shrines in Tokyo, and the deities enshrined at each are said to bring luck to different areas of your life. In this article, we will introduce five special shrines that will bring luck in love to those who visit them.
There are over 1,000 shrines in Tokyo alone, each being home to different deities that are said to grant favor to those who make offerings at their respective shrines. In this article, we'll take a look at five different shrines, all of which are said to be especially powerful for those seeking luck in romance and other affairs of the heart.
1. Tokyo Daijingu Shrine
From: photo.ktdm.jp on flickr
Tokyo Daijingu in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, is a branch shrine of Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture which was founded in 1880. As a result, the deities enshrined here are the same as at Ise Shrine: Amaterasu-o-mikami, Toyoke-no-o-kami, and Zokasanshin.
It is also known as a shrine where the first Shinto wedding ceremony in Japan (a wedding held in front of deity in the shrine) was held, which secured its position as being a shrine that aids in the fulfillment of love and helps those looking to find their perfect match.
The vast majority of visitors to this shrine are women, which is another rarity in Japan.
Address: Tokyo, Chiyoda, Fujimi 2-4-1
Access: 5 minute walk from west exit of JR Iidabashi Station, Chuo/Sobu lines, or 5 minute walk from the A4 exit of the Tokyo Metro Tozai, Toei Oedo lines
Website: Tokyo Daijingu
2. Imado Shrine
Imado Shrine is found in Imado, in the Taito ward of Tokyo, a short walk away from Asakusa.
The first thing you will notice here are the cats; cat statues and other items can be found throughout the grounds of this shrine. While the maneki-neko, or lucky cat, can be found throughout Japan, many believe that Imado Shrine was the birthplace of the maneki-neko itself.
The two creator gods, Izanami and Izanagi, of Japan, who are also the first married couple in Japanese belief, are both enshrined at Imado Shrine. Because of this, Imado Shrine is also known as a power spot when it comes to love-related prayers.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Imado 1-5-22
Access: 15 minute walk from Asakusa Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Website: Imado Shrine
3. Izumo Taisha Tokyo Branch Shrine
From: Kentaro Ohno on flickr
According to Shinto, Japan's native beliefs, the spirit of a deity can be divided into uncountable parts. At Izumo Taisha Tokyo Branch Shrine the spirits of the gods worshiped at the main Izumo Taisha Shrine are divided once more and enshrined in a process called "bunshi" in Japanese.
One of the main gods of Izumo Taisha is Okuninushi-no-mikoto. According to legend, he was quite the playboy, who fell in love with numerous different goddesses in Japanese mythology. If you are someone wanting to find love in a great way, or looking to meet a love of potential partners, then a visit to this shrine just might help you on your way.
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 7-18-5
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit 2 of Roppongi Station, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, or a 3 minute walk from Exit 7 of Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo Line
Website: Izumo Taisha Tokyo Branch Shrine
4. Hie Shrine
From: Yusuke Kawasaki on flickr
Hie Shrine is a shrine located in the political heart of Japan, Nagatacho.
Much like Imado Shrine, the main trait of Hie Shrine is the depiction an animal throughout its grounds, although in this case, the animal is a monkey. In Japanese, the character for monkey can be read as "en" which, when written with another character, means the "relationship or connection between people". As a result, Hie Shrine eventually became known as a shrine that aids in relationships or encounters between people.
Address: Tokyo, Chiyoda, Nagatacho 2-10-5
Access: 3 minute walk from Exit 2 of Akasaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, or a 3 minute walk from Exit 7 of Tameikesanno Station on the Namboku/Ginza lines
Website: Hie Shrine
5. Kanda Myojin (Kanda Shrine)
At Kanda Myojin, the god Onamuchi-no-mikoto, who is often equated with the god of Izumo Taisha Tokyo Branch Shrine, Okuninushi-no-mikoto, is enshrined.
Onamuchi-no-mikoto and Okuninushi-no-mikoto are both often referred to as Daikoku-sama , and it is here at Kanda Myojin that the largest statue of Daikoku-sama can be found. Coming to this shrine is sure to help your love life!
Address: Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda 2-16-2
Access: 5-minute walk from the Hijiribashi Exit of Ochanomizu Station, JR Chuo/Sobu lines, or a 5-minute walk from Shin-Ochanomizu Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku and Yamanote lines
Website: Kanda Myojin