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.

Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine Shinjiuku
Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine Shinjiuku
Name Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachiman Shrine
市谷亀岡八幡宮
Park Address 15 Ichigaya-hachiman-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access (by train)
  • Subway Namboku Line Ichigaya station about 0.2km
  • JR Chuo Main Line / Subway Yurakucho Line / Shinjuku Line Ichigaya Station about 0.3 km
Access (by car)
  • Gaien Exit, Metropolitan Expressway Route 4 Shinjuku Line about 3.2 km
  • Daikancho Exit, Metropolitan Expressway Inner Circular Route, about 2.8 km
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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
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Approach to Ichigaya Kameoka Hachiman Shrine Stairs under the torii gate of Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine

Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive

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