You’ll have to climb some seriously steep steps to get a chance at luck here. Eighty-six stone steps with a vertigo-inducing incline lead up to Atago Jinja, which is perched on namesake Mount Atago, the highest natural point within Tokyo’s 23 wards. The staircase is known as the ‘Shusse no Ishidan’ (‘Staircase to Promotion’): climb it and pray at the shrine, and your wishes of getting that raise may just come true. If a dude on horseback could do it to impress his samurai boss (as legend has it), you’ve got no excuses.
Shrines (jinja) and temples (tera) are a common sight in Tokyo and wider Japan, but some of them offer a bit of extra power for specific situations and wishes.
Illustrations by Kento Iida