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A typical Tokyo shrine

If you have never visited Tokyo or Japan before, I think you still have an image of what a temple or shrine here looks like? I think most people would assume them to be quite large and in beautiful condition like what we see at Meiji Jingu or Kanda Myojin. For me though, the typical Tokyo shrine is quite the opposite as the majority of the ones I’ve visited are quite small and occasionally looking rather run down.

The one in these pictures is named 久國神社 (Hisakuni Shrine), between Roppongi and Tameiki-Sanno. It might be in Tokyo, but at a glance it looks like it could out in the country somewhere. However, if you look up, you will see skyscrapers towering over it. Yes, it is clearly in the middle of a big city.

And it is small, crammed into a space between other buildings and streets. All over Tokyo you’ll see other shrines like this in very surprising places. You’ll be walking down a street and next to a house you might find something like Hisakuni Shrine. Sometimes they will even be much, much smaller!

If you ever visit Tokyo make sure you investigate its many side streets, because this is what you’ll find somewhere - lots of these little places of worship in a concrete jungle.