- 1 Chome-25-5 Asagayakita, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 6 minutes from JR Asagaya Station, North exit
ASAGAYA SHINMEIGU SHRINE
Beautiful Historic Shrine
In only a two-minute walk to the north from Asagaya Station, you can reach this historic shrine. The shrine is so serine and spacious that you may not believe you are right in the middle of a busy shopping area. This shrine has a long 1700 years of history, and is known for warding off evil.
In late March when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, Kan-okai, a special event to appreciate the blossoms of the shrine, is held. Dances and songs to the God are performed by the shrine maidens and also a party is held under the cherry trees in the compound. This cherry blossom party is open to anybody and free sake and food is served. The date of the party is decided depending on when the cherry blossoms bloom, and may vary year to year. However, cherry blossom season in Tokyo area is typically late March – early April.
[updated October 2018]