Nogi Shrine

Nogi Shrine, Akasaka

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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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sci77
Tokyo, Japan176 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
A quick walk from Roppongi crossing, so not a bad idea if you’re in the area and want to see something more traditional. Nogi shrine is on the grounds of the former residence of Count Nogi, who was a wartime general and later tutor to the young Showa emperor. He’s better known for his (romanticized?) samurai-style suicide on the day of the funeral of the Meiji emperor. He slit his stomach to die along with his master. His wife followed suit and killed herself immediately after. The building where this happened is still there (you can see the room from outside the windows) plus a stone monument where the items bloodied in the ordeal are buried (yeah, really). From a western mind it seems pretty weird, but someone obviously thought his actions were worthy of recognition, and built the shrine in his honor (kind of like being made a saint, I think).
Written June 22, 2019
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mbetowler
Wakefield, UK853 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We visited this temple one afternoon, it was incredibly peaceful and enjoyable to visit. There were hardly any other people so it was very relaxing.
Written September 11, 2018
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ThatGirl27
St. Petersburg, FL29 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
This was on my list visit from some of the top shrines of Tokyo. Personally of all those shrines around the city that I went to come, this was my least favorite.
Written August 26, 2018
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Sharon j
28 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This was the only shrine I visited whilst in Japan. And even though I’m not a religious person, I did find it very spiritual and calming if that makes sense.
Written July 24, 2018
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DanielleM865
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
Walked through all the gates to the top. Was fortunate to glimpse a wedding when we were there. Saw an adorable little girl, looked about three years old, in traditional dress have a very polite little tantrum when she got tired of having her photo taken!
Written June 10, 2018
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djaehnig
Baltimore, MD832 contributions
Apr 2018 • Business
We went there on a Sunday morning the day after our arrival. Very peaceful and quiet excellent way to start your trip in Tokyo. The temple entrance is right at the top of the Nogizaga subway station. Remember to bow in front of the altar and clap once to attract the attention of the spirits.
Written April 8, 2018
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leonardo r
Genoa, Italy59 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Just arrived from Italy, we stop at our hotel in Akasaka and went out to visit this place of peace and meditation. A very nice experience.
Written December 23, 2017
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baltoriolesblue
New Milton, UK336 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Agree with reviews that not worth a detour as it is not on tourist trail but then that it what I liked about it. Small, serene and uncrowded.
Written October 5, 2017
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Lindie B
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
Nogi Shrine, situated between Aoyama Itchome and Roppongi in the small quiet neighborhood of Nogizaka, is an excellent shrine to visit if you want a quick experience of a shrine without lots of people taking photos or walking around. The shrine is also next to General Nogizaka's old house and it has a small garden and place to eat a quick snack.
Written June 2, 2017
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Sandra L
Chelsea, Canada118 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
Make sure to get there at 8AM, otherwise is so crowed that you can't walk by yourself trough the gates, the people takes you! It is horrible, you can't enjoy it. We went one day around 11AM and we had to leave, returning next morning very early, was pretty much empty and then you can climb freely to reach the top of the sacred hill, it is very pretty, very well manteined and manicured, feels not ancient any more, but was nice to be there and learn about Inari Ōkami or Fox deity. Great street food by the entrance and lots of souveniers made in Japan.
Written April 25, 2017
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  • Sun - Sat 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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