Nezu Shrine 根津神社
Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3822 0753
Nezu Shrine, one of Japan's oldest sanctuary is located in the heart of Shitamachi, in Bunkyo ward. Often underrated by tourists, Nezu Shrine gives you a glimpse of Japan’s religious quirks. The Buddhist swastikas that can be found around the Shinto Shrine are the remnants of the syncretism of the Kami and the Buddhas, brought out by the state roughly around the year 870. The two were recognized as different enterprises with the Meiji Restoration, but Nezu Shrine with its cultural significance was not allowed to remove its Swastika ornaments to preserve the architecture. The Inner grounds of the shrine blooms azalea providing a splendid landscape of pink, purple, white and orange tints during the Tsutsuji Matsuri (Azalea festival) held through April and May.