Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine

asagaya-shinmeguAsagaya Shinmeigu (阿佐ケ谷神明宮) is a Shinto shrine which is a 2-minute walk from JR Chuo Line Asagaya Station.
Though its shrine rank was not so high -- every Shinto shrine had a rank before WWII --, its present complex, completed in 2009, is impressive for a shrine of that rank.
It was founded in 114 CE according to legend, and it's a spiritual branch of Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture.

Front approach
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine
Nohgakudo
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine

Nohgakudo is a stage where music and dances are performed during festivals.

Zuishomon gate
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine
Haiden
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine

Haiden is where you offer prayers to divinities.

Honden
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine

The building in the center is Honden, the very building in which the main deity of the shrine is enshrined. As a spritual branch of the Ise Grand Shrine, it is dedicated to Sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami. The right building is dedicated to her brother Tsukuyomi no Mikoto who is the god of Moon, and the left building is dedicated to Susanoo, who is another brother of hers.

West approach
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine

On the south side of Asagaya Station, there is Mabashi Inari Shrine.

Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine
1-25-5 Asagayakita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: 2-min walk from JR Asagaya Station
Area guide around this site