Kanda Myojin: Akiba's Own 1300-Year-Old Holy Ground of Anime

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On the hill near Akihabara Station, Kanda Myojin was established almost 1,300 years ago, and has stood unchanging even as Tokyo evolved around it. In one of the most popular animation set in Akihabara, Love Live!, one character works here as a priestess, and the others visit for training. In reality, there are popular items such like amulets or wooden plaques. Nowadays, people all over the world visit Kanda Myojin as a holy place of anime.

広々とした境内には、正面の御社殿をはじめ、様々な建物があります。

In the large precincts, there are some important monuments in addition to the main shrine in front.

Thousands of people visit here, especially during New Year's and the season of Kanda Matsuri, a local festival.

神田明神は「商売繁昌(商売繁盛)」の神様としても知られています。

日本一の大きさを誇る「大黒天(財福の神様)」の石造もあります。

Kanda Myojin is also a place to pray for business success and wealth. In fact, it houses the the biggest statue of Daikokuten (the god of wealth) in Japan.

神社といえば、「お守り」

When people visit Shrine, they usually buy amulets.

These are varied and depend on one's wishes, such as an amulet for victory, love, and so on.

アキバならではのお守り

アキバならではのお守り

アキバならではのお守り

These unique amulets, like ones for IT troubles or ones portraying the characters from Love Live! and Eto-tama are very popular.

参拝客が願い事を託した「絵馬」の数々

Each shrine has original ema (picture tablet), and worshippers write their wishes on the tablets. Especially in Kanda Myojin, some people draw animation characters with their wishes. It may one of the attractive points of the shrine in Akihabara.

境内は自然も豊かで、由緒ある建物も多い

境内は自然も豊かで、由緒ある建物も多い

Kanda Myojin is also filled with a lot of greenery and historical structures. History, anime and worship, all wrapped up in one place.

  • NAME:Kanda Myojin
  • ADDRESS:2-16-2 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • GATE OPENED:24 hours
  • TEL:+81-3-3254-0753
  • HP:http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/
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