Tokyo sometimes appears like a huge and unique city with crammed streets and Blade Runner-esque neon-lit streets, but you will also find traditional Japanese views and landscapes in Tokyo. In this article, we would like to introduce some hidden gems within walking distance from Nagatacho Station and Akasaka-mitsuke Station. So let’s go out and take some cute pictures while making great memories!
With a history of about 800 years, Hie-jinja Shrine is believed to be a so-called “power spot,” bringing luck to people who wish to find a partner, to those who are already or are going to be married, and to those raising children. Being very popular in this matter, many people hold their (traditional) wedding ceremony at this shrine.
When you go through the gate and look closely around the precincts you will find some monkeys! OK, there are no real monkeys, but some really cute monkey statues. Especially the lovely statue of a mother monkey and her child on the left side of the main hall is said to bring good fortune to pregnant women, or women who want to get pregnant. Hence, a lot of people go up to the statue to gently pet the monkeys. Also, that’s why Hie-jinja Shrine is very popular among women and couples.
Also, there are some hidden spots in the precincts you should definitely visit. The senbon torii of Sanno Inari Shrine, which is located within the grounds of the Hie-jinja Shrine, is a must-see! Senbon torii means “one thousand (or “many”) shrine gates”. Usually, the red gates are gifted to a shrine by people who are thankful for the blessings they received. The most famous shrine with senbon torii is Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. But if you don’t have the time to travel there, why don’t you visit the beautiful red gates of the Sanno Inari Shrine in Tokyo?
A Japanese garden with a waterfall
Hotel New Otani Tokyo is well-known for its gorgeous Japanese garden. The view from the hotel cafe overlooking the garden is stunning! But to fully immerse in nature’s beauty you have to take a walk in the garden with its special atmosphere!
You can take a stroll in the Japanese garden without staying at the hotel. There is no admission. It is a garden full of “Japaneseness”, such as a red bridge, a typical Japanese koi fish pond, a stone garden, and a lot of stone lanterns. The garden is full of various trees that each show their beauty in different seasons, such as cherry trees in early spring and maple trees in fall.
The highlight of the Japanese garden is an impressive waterfall! As you approach the waterfall, you will only hear the sound of the splashing water and the wind swaying the trees. This garden is so impressive that it makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the big city. It’s really amazing!