Hie Jinja (shrine) is one of the major shrines of Tokyo. The shrine is located on a tree covered hilltop between the neighbourhoods of Akasaka and Nagatacho.

As one of Tokyo’s major shrines, it’s also the kick off point for one of its major festivals – the Sanno Matsuri.

Although the shrine itself is a pleasant and serene place to take a break from the surrounding hustle and bustle, the highlight is the shrine’s back entrance with the path lined by 90 bright red torii gates.

  • The view of the Akasaka skyline from Hie Shrine.
  • The inner shrine
  • Hie Shrine entrance at night
  • The treasure house in which the floats for the Sanno Matsuri are kept.
  • Not quite as many as Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.
  • Pretend you're in Kyoto. There are 90 gates. I counted.

The central part of the shrine closes relatively early at 4pm, but the surrounds and the path of torii gates are particularly atmospheric after dark.

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