Akagi Shrine – Kagurazaka
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!