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Kanda Shrine (Kanda Myojin)

  • 2-16-2 Soto-Kanda Map It
  • Akihabara
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 12/20/2010

Fodor's Review

This shrine is said to have been founded in 730 in a village called Shibasaki, where the Ote-machi financial district stands today. The shrine itself was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and the present buildings reproduce in concrete the style of 1616.

You will never be able to see every shrine in the city and the ones in Akihabara are of minor interest, unless you are around for the Kanda Festival—one of Tokyo's three great blowouts—in mid-May. (The other two are the Sanno Festival of Hie Jinja in Nagata-cho and the Sanja Festival of Asakusa Shrine.) Some of the smaller buildings you see as you come up the steps and walk around the Main Hall contain the mikoshi—the portable shrines that are featured during the festival. Kanda Myojin is on Kuramae-bashi-dori, about a five-minute walk west of the Suehiro-cho subway stop.

Sight Information


2-16-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 101-0021, Japan

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Published 12/20/2010


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