Tying the knot: Finding love at the beautiful Tokyo Grand Shrine

Tokyo Daijingu is a peaceful shrine with beautiful architecture just a short walk from Iidabashi Station. You might be surprised when entering the precinct: 90% of visitors are women! Why? Well, let me explain the reason.

Tokyo Daijingu translates to “Tokyo Grand Shrine”

You don’t need to travel far

During the Edo period (1603-1868), it was everyone’s dream to go on a pilgrimage to the Grand Shrine of Ise (Ise Jingu Shrine) at least once in their lifetime. The Grand Shrine of Ise is where the primary Shinto deities are enshrined. But traveling wasn’t as easy then, so this big dream stayed unfulfilled for most.

Later in the Meiji period (1868-1912), a new (Ise-branched) shrine was built in Tokyo, making it possible to worship the deities from afar without having to travel to Ise. For that reason, the shrine is called “O-Ise-sama in Tokyo”.

A board explaining the connection to Ise Shrine.
A small Inari shrine near the entrance, meaning that there is a shrine inside the shrine! An Inari shrine is for worshipping the deities for clothing, food, housing, and business prosperity.

Beautiful architecture

X-shaped roof

Tokyo Daijingu’s main hall is built in an architectural style called Shinmei-tsukuri, which is the traditional architecture for Japanese shrines. It looks exactly like the Ise Shrine. When you look at the roof from the side, you can see that it is “X”-shaped. Nowadays, the logs on the roof are just for decoration, but in the past, these logs functioned as a weight to keep the roof in place.

Lots of beautiful greenery in the precincts! Movable cherry trees were in full bloom when I visited the shrine.


Love is in the air

Tokyo Daijingu is said to be a so-called power spot for bringing people together, such as through love and marriage. This is because Tokyo Daijingu is a place where all three deities “connecting things and people” are enshrined in one place. Therefore many people come to the shrine praying for good connections, work relations, and private relationships.

There are many types of fortune papers called omikuji. Choose the type you like and put the shown fee into the box before drawing a sheet.
This is blood-type fortune paper! Oracles based on your blood type are really popular in Japan.


A fortune paper in English.

If you look closely at the worshipers, you’ll see women only. (That doesn’t mean that you can’t worship here as a man!)
Anyways, good luck to everyone!

So if you are staying in Tokyo, why don’t you visit “Ise” in Tokyo? You might even find love!

Tokyo Daijingu (Tokyo Grand Shrine)

2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ZLDWWndUAPTY9o629