Nogi Jinja Shrine
Nogi Jinja (乃木神社) is a Shinto shrine near Akasaka and Roppongi.
It was founded in 1937 to honor Nogi Maresuke (1849 - 1912) and his wife. Nogi was a top general of the Japanese Imperial Army who fought through numerous wars, namely civil wars which broke out when the feudal times ended, First Sino-Japanese War, and Russo-Japanese War. He was known for samurai-like ethics, and when Emperor Meiji died, he commited suicide by harakiri with his wife.
Though its shrine complex was burned down in WWII, it was rebuilt in a new design by Oe Hiroshi, an architect famous in Japan, in 1962.
Nogi Shrine is located in front of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station, and a 5-min walk from Roppongi Station of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or Toei Oedo Line.
Chozuya is where you purify your hands before proceeding.
Haiden is where you offer prayers.
Heiden is the building in front of Honden. Honden is the very building which divinities are enshrined, but you cannot see it well in this shrine.
Access: 0 min from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station/ 5-min walk from Roppongi Station of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or the Toei Oedo Line
Former Nogi House
Former Nogi House, or Kyu-Nogi-tei (旧乃木邸), located next to the Nogi Shrine, was the residence of Nogi Maresuke and his family.
The estate was donated to then Tokyo City by his will and thus has been preserved as a public park up to now. This park was, unlike neighboring Nogi Shrine, able to avoid being bombard in the war and preserves his modest house with three small buildings which were constructed in around 1902. Its admission is free.
8-11-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo MAP