I’m back with more posts from my recent trip to Tokyo! This time, let me share with you photos I took in the Hanazono Shrine located in Shinjuku and is actually one of the most historic shrines in Japan!
The quiet streets of Shinjuku which is usually very busy (we were there early in the morning, hah).
“Constructed in the Edo period by the Hanazono family, this Inari shrine—a shrine dedicated to Inari, the androgynous god of fertility and worldly success—is a favorite place for businessmen to pray for successful ventures”
Tip is you want to take nice touristy photos — be there extra early to avoid other tourists! You can take your time taking perfect snaps sans the pressure.
The signage at the shinto shrine which says — [花園神社 Hanazono Jinja].
Not a lot of people since it’s not a main tourist attraction. If you’re already in the area, you should give it a quick visit! It’s a small shrine so it shouldn’t take you more than 15-30 minutes to go around.
There was an on-going ritual when we dropped by so we weren’t able to enter (or we just assumed it was prohibited — better safe than sorry!).
This tree is so ready for spring!
Of course, I wouldn’t miss the chance to take photos of the pretty flowers!
You can purchase these wooden ‘prayer boards’ you can hang just outside the temple 🙂 Sorry I forgot how much (but I think around Y500 ?) Can you spot mine?? hehe.
January 1 – New years prayer
January – Ritual mineral deposit
February – Setsubun Festival
February – National tournament Mochi Festival
February – Two Horse Festival
March – Festival Koxinga
April – Flower Festival
May – an annual festival
June – Shinto purification
August – Obon
November – Cock Festival
December 31 – Shinto purification
Hope you enjoyed this entry! I have more to come soon!