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Akagi Shrine – Kagurazaka

Posted in Places by tokyobling on September 12, 2011

It’s been awhile since I posted anything place specific about Tokyo here on the blog, so here comes a cool place to visit if you have a free afternoon in central Tokyo: Akagi Shrine in Kagurazaka! There’s (almost) endless numbers of old shrines dotted around Japan’s cities and countryside but very few “new” shrines. Akagai Shrine is if not the latest at least a very recent shrine. Naturally the shrine itself as a place of worship has a long history but the building and the grounds are brand spanking new. Most people are well aware that I am not a big fan of modern architecture and I never saw Akagi Shrine before the make over but the new shrine is pretty cool. The main shrine building itself has glass walls all the way to the inner sanctum (which is how shrines originally started out – open). Attached to the shrine is a large apartment building that I really wouldn’t mind living in, and on the bottom floor there’s a lively cafe, restaurant and gallery space called simpply Akagi Cafe.

The shrine is located on top of Kagurazaka Hill and is a great destination for a Sunday walk along the closed-to-traffic Kagurazaka street. Kagurazaka is easily the coolest place to be in Tokyo right now, having kept much of it’s character in the last century or so. More about the town in tomorrow’s post!


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  1. Romain said, on September 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Never seen such a shrine like this one. Just a touch of “oldness” could have been better such as old guardian statues, but it’s really nice indeed. Always nice pictures

    An idea btw for your blog, I know it’s long to do but a google map or a link where you done the picture surely can be a big improvement 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on September 13, 2011 at 12:57 am

      Thanks for the comment Romain! I assume there’s a touch of oldness inside the shrine building itself. Other than that, it’s all modern architecture. I wonder how it will stand the test of time though?

      And yes, I have been wanting to do that! But I don’t know when I would ever have the time to undertake such a massive project. I would need an assistant blogger! haha…


  2. Emma Reese said, on September 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    An interesting combination of old and new. Ah, I spy two girls holding up parasols. I used to do that too but not anymore. The Americans would think I’m nuts if I did!


    • tokyobling said, on September 13, 2011 at 12:58 am

      Go for it Emma! Parasols are the easiest and most environmentally friendly anti-aging/skin care solution there is! (^-^) Everyone does it over here!


  3. Emma Reese said, on September 13, 2011 at 3:34 am

    But not in America! Adults would politely act like nothing is wrong but little kids would very likely come up to you and ask why you are holding up an “umbrella” on a sunny day! ^^;


    • tokyobling said, on September 13, 2011 at 3:55 am

      So, what’s the down side? You get to be treated with respect by polite adults while small children make small talk to you! Sounds perfect! Like a real life Mary Poppins! (^-^)


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