Tour of Mystical Spots in Tokyo

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Course:Tokyo Daijingu Shrine -> Kaichu Inari Shrine -> Atago Shrine -> Ginza Mitsukoshi/Ginza Shusse Jizo -> Imado Shrine

This jam-packed course takes you to shrines known for being good luck spots and tojizo (stone statues) in just one day. Tokyo Daijingu Shrine and Imado Shrine are known for matchmaking, Kaichu Inari Shrine is said to help win the lottery and make other wishes come true, and Atago Shrine and the Ginza Shusse Jizo bring success. Each of the shrines and jizo has its own interesting background and history. It’s also fun to ponder the past wishes of Japanese people while walking.

10:00 JR Iidabashi Station West Exit

Start off from the West ticket gate at JR Iidabashi Station.

Walk 10 minutes
 

10:10 Map: 1Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

In recent years, this shrine has been known to bring romance.

Walk 10 minutes
 

10:50 Map: 2JR Iidabashi Station West Exit

Train 20 min JR Sobu Line (toward Mitaka)
 

11:10 Map: 3JR Okubo Station North Exit

Walk 5 minutes
 

11:15 Map: 4Kaichu Inari Shrine

Kaichu Inari Shrine

Many visit this shrine to make wishes such as to win the lottery, so it has come to be called the “Inari shrine where everyone is lucky.”

Walk 3 minutes
 

11:48 Map: 5JR Shin-Okubo Station North Exit

Train 28 min JR Yamanote Line (inbound) At Ebisu Station, transfer to Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (toward Kitasenju)
 

12:16 Map: 6Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiyacho Station Exit 3

Walk 20 min (to top)
 

12:36 Map: 7Atago Shrine

Atago Shrine 男坂

This shrine is said to bring success.

Walk 20 minutes
 

12:56 Map: 8Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiyacho Station Exit 3

Train 11 min Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (toward Kitasenju)
 

13:07 Map: 9Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Ginza Station Exit A8

Walk 1 minute
 

13:08 Map: 10Ginza Mitsukoshi

Ginza Mitsukoshi

Enjoy lunch and then go shopping.

14:30 Map: 11Ginza Shusse Jizo

出世地藏

This jizo has come to be called Shusse (“success” or “moving up”) Jizo because it made its way to the top of a department store from the side of the road.

Walk 1 minute
 

15:00 Map: 12Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Ginza Station Exit A8

Train 21 min Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (toward Asakusa)
 

15:21 Map: 13Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station Exit 7

Walk 20 minutes
 

15:41 Map: 14Imado Shrine

Imado Shrine Imado Shrine

This is the birthplace of the maneki-neko (fortune cat) and is also known for housing the god of romance.

Walk 20 minutes
 

16:31 Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station

Model course Tour of Mystical Spots in Tokyo is displayed on a larger map

The red lines indicate trains and subways, blue lines are buses and cars, green lines are for walking, pink lines are for bicycles, purple lines are ships and water buses.

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