Kanda Myojin Shrine (神田明神) is a major Shinto shrine near Akihabara and Ueno. Over 1000 years old, the buildings have been stunningly reserved and the garden even more so. People visit the shrine to pray for prosperity and wealth.
Budget travel tips
- Walk from Akihabara. After geeking out, walk north up the main street (Chuo Dori) and take the main road left when you get to Suehirocho station (末広町駅). You will see the shrine on the second block after the 7-11 convenience store.
- The free Kanda Festival is worth visiting the shrine, which is celebrated around May 15 of every odd year. It is one of the three major Shinto festivals in Tokyo.
How to get there
If already in Akihabara, follow the above directions.
From Shinjuku station, take the Sobu Line (yellow JR line) to Akihabara station (18 mins, 160 yen).
From Tokyo station, take the Yamanote line (green JR line) to Akihabara station (4 mins, 130 yen).
The shrine can also be reached via Ochanomizu station on the Marunouchi subway line and JR Chuo line.
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