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Review of Atago Shrine

Atago Shrine
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

Accessed from a raised wooden walkway accessed from behind Atago Green Hills building or via an outdoor glass elevator. Atago-jinja shrine is the closest Shinto shrine to our home in Tokyo. Shinto (神道) is the indigenous relegion to Japan and the Japanese people. LIke many temples and shrines in Tokyo I find Atago shrine an escape from the urban jungle - peaceful and quiet - well worth a visit if in the area.

The shrine is located on Atago hill - the highest land point in Tokyo's 26 wards. The shrine was erected to protect residents from fire, since its high position was well suited to watch for fires (clearly before the surrounding skyscrapers were built! Accordingly, the main Shinto god worshipped here is the fire god - Homusubi n Mikito

The stairs leading to the shrine are also famous. A young smurai, Magaki Heiko, rode his horse up the very steep steps and brought back a twig of plum blossom from the top of Atago yama mountain. Because of this he was known as Japan's great master of horse riding and the stone steps were named 'Shusse no Ishidan' (Stone Steps of Success in Life)
The plum tree from which Heikuro broke off a twig, still remains in the shrine.

> Closest subway station - Kamiyacho (Hibiya line) or Onarimon (Mita line)
> Of interest close by - Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji temple, Toranomon Hills, Seisho-ji.
> Top Tip: Climb the stairs if you can - tough work but helps understand why this is the highest land point in Tokyo

Visited July 2014
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“The highest ground in central Tokyo!”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Atago Shrine is special to me because I've visited it twice during the snow, when it is exceptionally beautiful and peaceful. The steep stairs leading up to the shrine are quite a climb, but worth the experience. I've been told that it is good luck to climb the stairs without stopping, so pace yourself. (There is also an elevator and three other routes to the top in case you don't want to climb the main stairs.)

At the top of the hill is Atago Jinja (shrine), which has a koi pond. There is a small tea house (I think, though have never been inside). At the top of the hill is also the NHK museum, which traces the history of radio and television in Japan. The museum is free, if I remember correctly. This hill was the site of the first radio tower and radio broadcast in Japan, according to the museum. In central Tokyo, Atago hill is the highest point, although you might not feel so how, as you're surrounded by the two Atago Green Hills buildings on one side, and the new Toranomon tower on the other. There's also a decent view of Tokyo tower.

As I said, if you're lucky enough to be in Tokyo when it snows, make a point of going to the shrine. See attached for my blog post with pictures:

Atago shrine is also very beautiful in the fall, with the changing leaves, and also in the spring, with the cherry blossoms. There's pretty much always something nice about this spot. It's not a "must see" in Tokyo, but it's slightly off the regular tourist path and worth stopping by if you are close.

Visited April 2014
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“A Tranquil Place In The Big City!”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Although I was on this hill for another attraction (NHK Museum - check it out!) the Atago Shrine is certainly worth your time!

We were there around midday and surprised by the number of Japanese "Salaryman" visitors, that approached the Temple, said something (a prayer..?) CLAPPED their hands twice and threw coins!

The Temple is known for it's location on the hill, perhaps the highest point in all of Tokyo (26m)? Access is by a steep stairway, which it is said was ascended in ancient times by a Shogun on horseback!

There is another way to get there; an elevator near the NHK Museum, but a personal decent on the stairs is a good challenge!

Visited April 2014
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“Hidden Cherry blossom place yet at the heart of Tokyo”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

Not numerous but enough many cherry trees enjoyable at quiet atmosphere. Atago Shrine or Atago Hill is famous for two issues. Climbing steep stone steps by horse at Edo era by Heikuro Magaki and also first radio broadcasting in Japan.

Visited April 2013
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“peace in city”
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

climb the 81 stairs to a blissful place in the middle of the city. amazingly peaceful... feed the fish... enjoy the chirping of the birds... it's awesome

Visited September 2013
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