Travel Destinations and Photo Spots
The Kanda Myojin Shrine has over 1270 years of history to its name. Visitors flock to the shrine on a daily basis in the hopes that the shrine will reward them with success and prosperity in their businesses while also maintaining a happy family life.
Ebisu and Daikoku are the two gods that are enshrined here. The first is Daikoku who is the god of agriculture, farmers and wealth. The second is Ebisu who is the god off fishermen and luck.
The combination of these two gods is believed to grant the power of business fortune hence the reason that many businessmen frequent the shrine on a daily basis.
The Kanda Myojin Shrine has also been given the nickname of the “World’s Geekiest Shrine” because of its proximity to Akihabara, the Mecca of gaming in Japan.
You can purchase computer charms at the shrine a credit card sized one that can be attached to your wallet, a medium-sized sticky strip for your computer or laptop and a small charm the size of an SD card to attach to your phone.
The charm costs ¥800 which for me it was worth it, it is very unusual and it is unlike any other traditional Japanese charm that I have encountered. It is pictured below.
The décor and design of the shrine is very intricate and colourful. Bright and deep reds are fluent throughout the entire structures.
It is Japanese tradition for people to write their wish (or thanks if a wish came true) on a wooden tablet or plaque called ‘ema’ (絵馬). These charms are then hung on the shrine grounds, at the Kanda Myojin shrine there are many manga and anime charms that people have created themselves as seen below.
This is a fascinating shrine with a deep history and many different functions for multiple groups of people. If you are out for the day I highly recommend stopping off here if you are coming from or heading to Akihabara since they are both in the same area.
How to get there:
Subway: From Ochanomizu Station on the Chiyoda Line take Exit B1. After exiting the station you must walk across the bridge over the river. When you reach the next set of traffic lights turn right and the shrine should be on your left hand side. The walk takes no longer than 5 minutes.