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Hanazono Shrine

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Hanazono Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in the mid-17th century by the Hanazono family and is dedicated to Inari Okami, the god of trade and worldly success. The shrine is considered the most important shrine of Shinjuku, guarding the area, its inhabitants, merchants, craftsmen, and artists .

The shrine is nestled in the heart of Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward and is a small and unobtrusive structure that, according to Fodor’s, just happens to be one of the most historical shrines in Japan. The current honden, the main shrine hall, was erected in 1965 and is made of sturdy reinforced concrete. The shrine features several smaller sub-shrines.

Hanazono Shrine has been damaged, destroyed, and rebuilt since the 17th century and is one of Tokyo’s most important Shinto shrines. The vivid vermillion color of the main shrine draws a steady stream of worshippers and the curious alike. The shrine is also very popular during the sakura cherry blossom season in late March / early April due to its many cherry trees.

The shrine hosts many annual festivals including a New Year’s prayer night, the Reitaisai Festival in May with differing styles during odd & even years, and the Tori-no-ichi Festival in November. The shrine is also a favorite place for businessmen to pray for successful ventures.

Hanazono Shrine is a historic and important Shinto shrine in Tokyo that has been standing for centuries. It is a place of worship, culture, and tradition that has been cherished by the people of Tokyo for generations.

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