Kanda Myojin Shrine

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Japanese script: 神田明神
Area: Akihabara , Ochanomizu
Access: 349 m from Suehirochō Station Ginza Line (G14)
374 m from Ochanomizu Station Chiyoda Line (C12)Marunouchi Line (M20)Chūō Line (Rapid) (JC3)Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB22)
0.6 km from Yushima Station Chiyoda Line (C13)
Address: 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021Japan [map]
Phone: 03-3254-0753 03-3254-0753
Website: http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/

A large and famous Shinto shrine in the Kanda/Ochanomizu area, the Myojin shrine is home to the Kanda festival which is one of the three biggest in Tokyo. Originally built in 730ad, the shrine has since been moved and rebuilt multiple times, although it did survive the bombing of WW2, unlike many other Japanese structures in the city. The Shrine’s proximity to tech-central Akihabara hasn’t left it untouched – it is a popular spot to buy talisman for the protection of electronic goods.

The shrine is on a small hill which can be easily reached on foot from JR Akihabara Station. However, if you’re making a special visit to Kanda Myojin, the shrine is most easily reached from either JR Ochanomizu Station or Shin-ochanomizu Station. It’s free, but I’m sure your ancestors would appreciate the coin.