Guide - See / Do - Hatsumode


Our first visit to a shrine on New Year’s Day

It’s a common practice for the Japanese to pray for health and peace, and share their New Year’s wishes during the first visit to a shrine or temple on New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, people gather at houses of worship before midnight to witness the moment when the bells are rung 108 times. They also shop for good-luck charms and local delicacies at food stalls.

Transport Meiji Jingu Shrine: 1-minute walk from Harajuku Station or 5-minute walk from Yoyogi Station; Senso-ji Temple: 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station; Yushima Tenjin Shrine: 2-minute walk from Yushima Station via Chiyoda Line; 5-minute walk from Ueno-hirokoji Station via Ginza Line; 8-minute walk from Hongo-sanchome Station via Marunouchi Line or Okachimachi Station via J R Line Takaosan Yakuo-in Temple: Takaosanguchi Station via Keio Line, then ride the cable car from Kiyotaki Station to Takaosan Station, or take the lift from Sanroku Station to Sanjo Station. The temple is a 20-minute walk from either the cable car or the lift.
Meiji Jingu Shrine+81 3-3379-5511 Senso-ji Temple +81 3-3842-0181 Yushima Tenjin Shrine+81 3-3836-0753 TakaosanYakuo-in Temple+81 4-2661-1115 (Japanese only)
明治神宮   東京都渋谷区代々木神園町1-1; 浅草寺   東京都台東区浅草2-3-1; 靖国神社  東京都千代田区九段北3-1-1; 池上本願寺 東京都大田区池上1-1-1; 髙尾山薬王院 東京都八王子市高尾町2177

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