Hanazono Jinja

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花園神社
花園神社Hanazono Shrine
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Located in the heart of Tokyo, this Shinto shrine in Shinjuku was already considered ancient during the Edo Period. The shrine is in the same neighbourhood as venerable department store Isetan, and the bustling Kabukicho district. Hanazono has the verdant abundance of Shinjuku Gyoen, and it attracts people looking to relax and refresh themselves in a relatively quiet place downtown. New Year’s is one of the biggest events of the year here, as is the Tori no Ichi and other seasonal festivals.

Details

Address:
5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
Transport:
Shinjuku Station (JR, Odakyu, Keio lines), east exit; Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Marunouchi, Shinjuku lines), exit B3

What’s on

Hanazono Shrine Grand Festival

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Held annually on the weekend closest to May 28, this traditional festival at Shinjuku's Hanazono Shrine has been going on since before the Edo era (1603-1867). You can look forward to an array of food stalls and lively ceremonial rites, but the highlight is the Sunday parade which starts at around 10am. For this special event, the shrine's handsome 1.5-tonne mikoshi (portable shrine) is taken on a procession through the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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