Okunitama Shrine enshrines Okuninushi no Okami as the guardian deity of the land of Musashi. He is the same deity as Okuninushi of Izumo, who opened the land of Musashi and taught the people the way of food, clothing and shelter, and also gave them the art of medicine and witchcraft.
Address: 3-1 Miyacho 3-chome, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo TEL: 042-362-2130
Hours:Open: April 1 – September 30: 6:00 – 18:00, October 1 – March 31: 6:30 – 17:00 *Reception hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Access:3 minutes walk from Fuchu Station on Keio Line, 3 minutes walk from Fuchu Honmachi Station on JR Nanbu Line and Musashino Line, 10 minutes from Kunitachi Fuchu IC or 15 minutes from Chofu IC on Chuo Expressway.
15 minutes from Chofu IC.
The shrine is said to be dedicated to the god Nipponmuson. The shrine pavilion (designated as a national important cultural property) was built by Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, who ordered master craftsmen to build it. There are five deities including Susano-no-mikoto and Okuninushi-mikoto. The festival is called “Tenka Matsuri” (festival under heaven), and floats gather from all over Edo City to create a grand spectacle. The precincts of the shrine are famous for its garden of thousands of azaleas, and the Azalea Festival is held from the middle of April to the beginning of May.
Address: 1-28-9 Nedu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo tel 03-3822-0753
Access: 5 minute walk from Nedu Station or Sendagi Station on the Chiyoda Line or Todaimae Station on the Namboku Line / 10 minute walk from Hakusan Station on the Mita Line
Yushima Tenmangu Shrine
The shrine has become famous as “White Plum of Yushima” since Kyoka Izumi’s “The Female Lineage” and the god of worship is Michizane Sugawara. The shrine is crowded with people during the examination season and the ume (Japanese apricot) season.
Address: 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo TEL 03-3836-0753
Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Access: 2 minutes walk from Yushima Station (Chiyoda Line) Exit 3
Access: 2-minute walk from Exit 3 of Yushima Station (Chiyoda Line)
Kishimojin (The goddess of children and children)
Kishimojin has been widely worshipped as a god of childbirth and child-rearing since the Edo period (1603-1868). The 600-year-old ginkgo tree and the zelkova tree-lined approach to the shrine are perfect for a stroll, and the area is one of the 100 most scenic spots in New Tokyo. The only local toy in the ward, Susukimimizuku, is sold at a shop near the precincts.
Address: 3-15-20 Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo TEL: 03-3982-8347
Access:JR Ikebukuro Station / Toei Arakawa Line Kishimojin-mae