Located in the heart of Tokyo, the Hie Shrine (日枝神社 Hie Jinja) sits between the Akasaka and Nagatacho districts in the business areas of the city. The traditional theme and authenticity of the shrine provides a stark contrast to the modern cityscape that has grown and transformed around it.
The shrine dates back to the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) and was constructed on the grounds of the Edo Castle where the imperial palace stands today. In 1657 the shrine was destroyed by a fire and relocated by Shogun Testuna Tokugawa to the current location that it stands in today.
The buildings in the shrine look relatively new due to the fact that they were reconstructed after suffering extensive damage during World War II.
My primary reason for visiting the shrine was to view the Torii tunnel. This tunnel is lined with traditional Vermillion Torii Gates and it attracts many different people taking their photos inside the tunnel.
Even though this shrine isn’t one of the well-known or famous shrines in Tokyo it is definitely one of my favourite ones. The orange Torii gates give it a unique visual experience and it is a nice escape away from the loud city. I highly recommend checking this shrine out.
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