Kanda Myojin Shrine is a unique shrine that fuses tradition and innovation while maintaining Shinto customs. The shrine actively incorporates modern culture such as games and anime. After visiting Kanda Myojin Shrine, don’t forget to take a look at the shop and cafe inside the Cultural Exchange Center “EDOCCO” on the precincts of the shrine!
SHOP IKI IKI
At the shop. you find not only traditional omamori (lucky charms) and ema (wooden prayer plaques) but also stamp books (for collecting stamps at temples and shrines), and lots of cute Japanese-style miscellaneous goods.
There are even some items featuring famous game and anime characters. These are collaboration products of Kanda Myojin Shrine and the anime production companies. It’s a fantastic shop for souvenirs!
CAFÉ MASU MASU
Many of the dishes in this cafe are served in rectangular cups called masu. These wooden cups are originally used to measure rice or to drink sake. Since rice wine is often used at Japanese shrines, using masu cups at the cafe is a cute idea. The specialty of the cafe is “Masu Parfait”.
The parfait has matcha ice cream, homemade shiratama rice cakes, yuzu citrus sauce and sweet natto beans hidden under a thick layer of creamy matcha mascarpone. Lovely!
If you want to have a proper meal, go for a ginger-pork or a hamburger set. Speaking of ginger, the cafe offers an original drink called “Jinja-Ale” (a fusion of the Japanese word for shrine (jinja) and ginger ale). But be aware: Kanda Myojin Shrine’s original is surprisingly strong.
For a Japanese shrine, it is very rare to have a store with a cafe space on the shrine grounds. In my opinion, the witty original products and the cafe menu are truly divine! If you have the chance, please come and visit “EDOCCO”!
At EDOCCO, a wide variety of events are held for tourists visiting Japan. Experience everything from traditional Japanese culture to subculture!
Don’t miss our video introducing the EDOCCO Culture Experience Workshop.