Ancient traditions combined with super modern culture. Yes it’s so easy to describe Tokyo in a short sentence, and it’s one of the main reasons why I am in love with this city. I recently visited the Kameido Tenjin Shrine which is located in Tokyo midtown, near to Skytree, and the perfect example for the “ancient traditions combined with super modern culture” characterization.
Skytree is probably one of the must visit spots in Tokyo, and the Kameido Tenjin Shrine is about a 20-25 minutes walk from there so I highly recommend to reach the shrine by walk instead of using public transport since a simply walk around Tokyo, and especially this area is itself a great experience.
This shrine has an incredibly beautiful view with the Skytree, and the downtown city. The main attractions of the shrine are the traditional red bridges: ”Taiko bridges” (太鼓橋) with the colorful lakes around, but there are other stunning edifices like the “Benten shrines” (弁天社), and the “Japanese hrysanthemum lanterns” (琴柱灯籠), There are also several kind of animals lives in the area like turtles, ducks, koi fishes and so on, which will give you the whole relaxing atmosphere of the place. However the signatures of the Kameido Tenjin Shrine are definitely the turtles since “Kame” mean turtle in Japanese.
If you are planning to visit the shrine, don’t forget to bring your camera since you will definitely spend a lot of time to capture the beauty of the place. This time of the year the azalea flowers make it even more wonderful, and colorful, but there are other attractions according to the seasons, like the /Ume matsuri/ (梅まつり) Japanese plum festival in February or the most famous /Fuji matsuri/ (藤まつり) wisteria festival in April.
The Kameido Tenjin Shrine is most known for the Fuji matsuri when the stunning wisteria flowers will cover the whole area thereby creating a breathtaking view for the visitors just like on the famous “Hiroshi Yoshida's "Kameido" (1927)” Ukiyo-e woodblock print. Unfortunately this year the flowers were earlier overblown due to the hot weather. Therefore a lot of visitors including me missed the beautiful attraction, so please be sure, and double check the dates for next year before visiting.
The shrine is also popular for traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies. So if you are lucky it’s possible to witness a traditional Japanese wedding. It is also a great choice if you are looking for cheap sights seeing since the entrance is free, and definitely worth the time to visit.
On weekends, and holidays you can count on crowd due to the fact that this shrine is one of the most breathtaking one in Tokyo, however do not let this be intimidated to visit. Fundamentally this is a quite a nice place to relax, and spend some time walking around the shrine. I also recommend to check out the area. There are plenty of great restaurants, cafes, shops, festivals and famous sights.
|Title||Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神社)|
|Address||3 Chome-6-1 Kameido, Koto, Tokyo 136-0071|
|Access||About 15 minutes walk from the nearest station Kameido.|