Located in Ichigaya-Hachiman-cho, Shinjuku-ku, near Ichigaya Station on the JR Chuo Main Line, this is a historic shrine founded by Ota Dokan in 1479, more than 500 years ago, as the western guardian deity of Edo Castle.
The deities enshrined at the shrine are Hondawake no Mikoto, Okinaganotarashihime no Mikoto, and Yotohime no Kami.
The deity is believed to be the guardian of the nation, the fulfillment of peace, protection of the western part of Edo (Tokyo), safety in the home, prosperity in business, protection from bad luck, safety in traffic, and safe delivery.
During Hatsumode (New Year’s visit), the shrine is crowded with worshippers celebrating the New Year. Usually, pet visits to the shrine are held by reservation only on the second Sunday of January.
The nearest station is a few minutes’ walk from Ichigaya Station on the JR and subway lines. There are about 6 parking lots available, but they get crowded during the New Year’s holiday, so it is better to use public transportation or coin-operated parking in the neighborhood.
|Name||Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachiman Shrine
|Park Address||15 Ichigaya-hachiman-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo|
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|The shrine pavilion of Ichigaya Kameoka Hachiman-gu Shrine||Approach to Ichigaya Kameoka Hachiman Shrine||Tezumisha (water fountain) at Ichigaya Kameoka Hachiman-gu Shrine|
|Approach to Ichigaya Kameoka Hachiman Shrine||Stairs under the torii gate of Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine||Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine|
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