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Leaning against a hill between the buildings of Akasaka, Hie Jinja has an soothing atmosphere for overworked employees and disoriented travelers.
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On Jizôdori street, Koganji temple attracts lots of Obachan - grandmothers - for symbolic healing powers.
The center of Tokyo moves away, the sky get bigger, houses replace the tall buildings, and the commuter train slowly empties of its passengers.
Notable for its five-story pagoda, the Kanei-ji watches over the graves of six Tokugawa Shoguns.
Tucked between the Yanaka cemetery and Kaneiji temple in Ueno Park, Jomyo-in's plot is recognizable by its thousands of stone statuettes.
A discreet Shinto Shrine in Ueno Park, Toshogu has the distinction of having resisted the multiple upheavals Tokyo has suffered over the centuries.
At the heart of an arrangement of memorial buildings forsoldiers who died for the emperor, the Yasukuni Jinja seems so peaceful and yet...
Hanazono Jinja Shrine
Hidden between the skyscrapers of Shinjuku and close to the nightlife district of Kabukicho, the discreet sanctuary Hanazono Jinja Shrine invites for full meditation in the metropolis.
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