Also known as Kanamara-sama, this shrine is the site of the Kanamara Festival—Japan’s (and the world’s?) most famous penis festival.
The tiny shrine is actually housed within the larger Wakamiya Hachimangu shrine. To find Kanayama Shrine, head to the left of the main Wakamiya Hachimangu prayer hall. The giant phalluses poking out of the ground and the iron anvils (?) will tell you that you’re in the right place.
Although we agree that penis statues are hilarious, this is a place of worship, so please behave respectfully around the giant penises.
When the annual festival is happening, given the close confines and the tiny area taken up by the shrine, the shrine itself is very difficult to access. If you’re in the area, we also recommend checking out Kawasaki Daishi, which is a 10 minute walk away.
- 189 m from Kawasaki-Daishi Station
- 373 m from Suzukichō Station
- 0.9 km from Higashi-Monzen Station