Nezu Shrine is one place for a quick escape to the bustling Tokyo Metropolis. It is a small shrine with great number of arrayed torii (shrine gates). It is said that this pathway separates the real world to a sacred one. During Spring, its lush garden is filled with lovely pink Azalea flowers.
The shrines' modern architectural style (Gongen-style) which includes Honden (main sanctuary), Haiden (worship hall), Heiden (offering hall), Karamon (Chinese-style gate), Romon (two-story gate) and Sukibei (lattice-windowed wall) are designated as a nationally Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
There is a restaurant near the Shrine where you can have refreshments or take lunch. It's a lovely cafe that serves traditional Japanese food.
It's best to visit the travel during the month-long Bunkyo Azalea Festival where traditional dances and music are presented.
By train, Nezu Shrine is 5 minutes away by foot from Tokyo Subway Chiyoda Line Nezu Station or Sendagi Station. 5 minutes by foot from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line Todaimae Station.
By bus,Take a Tobus Ue58 and alight at the bus stop Nezujinjya iriguchi (Nezu shrine entrance).
Every spring, the Shrine celebrates Bunkyo Azalea Festival, where varieties of azaleas surrounding the shrine are in full-bloom. (April 9-May 5, 2016).
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