The precincts of 7,000 tsubo are located in the center of the city, but are surrounded by a lush green shrine forest, and welcome you with a different look from season to season.Many buildings, such as the Gongen-zukuri shrine built by Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, the fifth shogun of the Edo period, have survived numerous disasters such as wars and earthquakes.In the precincts that retain the scenery of Edo, please visit while feeling the power of the Tokugawa shogunate and the history of the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism.
①表参道 Omotesando Road The monument on the Front approach to the shrine reads “former imperial festival,” indicating the history of the shrine as an imperial festival shrine. ②神橋 Sacred bridge It was built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the transfer of the shrine to the new location. ③楼門 Romon Gate (Important Cultural Asset) This is the only remaining tower gate of a shrine in Edo. It is said that the Zuijin enshrined on the right side of the gate is Mito Komon. All seven Important Cultural Properties are painted with real lacquer. ④唐門 Karamon Gate (Important Cultural Property) This type of gate, with karahafu (Chinese gables) on both gable ends, is called a hirakaramon. Although it does not remain today, there is an ink painting of a dragon on the ceiling. ⑤拝殿 Worship hall (Important Cultural Property) Dedicated by the fifth shogun, Tsunayoshi Tokugawa in 1706, this building is a model of the Gongen-zukuri style. The hall of worship is in front of you when you visit the shrine. ⑥⑦本殿・幣殿 Main Shrine and Hall of offerings (Important Cultural Property) The highest building at the far end is main shrine, the residence of the deities. The intermediate building between the hall of worship and the main hall is called the “heiden,” or hall of offerings, and these three buildings together are called the gongen-zukuri style. ⑧西門 West gate (Important Cultural Property) This is a gate in the form of a munamon, a simple two-legged gate that lacks structural strength and is therefore rare and precious. ⑨透塀 Sukibei Fence (Important Cultural Property) The wall surrounding the hall. It is so named because the inside can be seen through the windows, which are made of thin wood and assembled in a diamond shape. The 200-meter-long wall has remained undistorted over 300 years, and a recent survey revealed that the foundation has been laid to a depth of 8 m below ground level. ⑩神額 Shrine frame It was written by Prince Takahito Arisugawa (1812-86). ⑪願掛けカヤの木 Wish-fulfilling Japanese nutmeg tree It is said that a white snake, a divine messenger, made its home there, and when people made a wish, their wishes were mysteriously granted. ⑫舞殿 Kagura hall The shrine’s traditional Shinto music and dance “Sanza-no-mai”, which is designated as an intangible cultural asset of Bunkyo Ward, is dedicated to the deity. ⑬千本鳥居 Senbon torii The approach to Otome Inari is lined with many dedicated torii gates. ⑭乙女稲荷 Otome Inari An elevated deck(or stage) with a small shrine in thecenter where Inari, the god of harvest, is deified. This is famous for matchmaking. ⑮駒込稲荷 Komagome Inari Before Nezu Shrine was relocated from Sendagi Village, this shrine was the guardian deity of Kofu Prime Minister Tsunashige Tokugawa when this area was his residence. The crest of hollyhock remains on the roof. ⑯授与所 Amulet Office Prayer reception, and the awarding of votive cards, amulets, and red seals are available here. ⑰文豪の石 Stone of great writers Soseki Natsume and Ogai Mori were also Ujiko. The stone on which they sat during a walk in the precincts of the Shrine ⑱森鴎外碑銘水 Water fountain dedicated by Mori Ogai This pedestal was converted from the pedestal used when Rintaro Mori (Mori Ogai), the army medical director, dedicated the spoils of war cannonballs to commemorate the victory in the Russo-Japanese War. Russian cannonballs of this diameter were on it, but disappeared due to wartime metal offerings. ⑲徳川家宣公胞衣塚 Enazuka Tokugawa Ienobu’s Mound The grounds are the site of the residence of Tsunashige Tokugawa, where his son Tsunayo (Ienobu, the 6th Shogun) was born. Ienobu’s placenta is buried there. ⑳庚申塔 Koshinto Pagoda There was a popular folk belief during the Edo period that people would gather on the night of Koshin day of the calendar and spend the night without sleeping, and pagodas were erected at road junctions and other places. The pagoda was moved to Nezu Shrine when the road was widened. ㉑塞大神碑 onument Saino OkamiM This is a deity that protects the road from evil and is also called “Dosojin” (guardian deity of the road). The monument was originally erected on a mound in Komagome Oiwake, and was moved to Nezu Shrine when the road was widened. ㉒Planned relocation site of Ogai Mori’s former residence The area to the east of the romon gate, which was originally a forest and a large stone yard, is being cleared and prepared. ㉓つつじ苑 Azalea Garden The garden is open only during the Azalea Festival in April, and 3,000 azaleas of 100 varieties can be enjoyed for a long time during the festival period. The romon gate viewed from the azalea garden While it is beautiful to look up at the entire azalea garden from below, there is a view that can only be seen from within the small garden, which was once called Tsutsujigaoka. 卍 Swastika symbols Swastikas can be seen everywhere in the shrine, a remnant of the Nezu Gongen Shrine of the Shinto Buddhist syncretism period.