Visiting temples and shrines is definitely one of the most famous things to do in Japan. Whether it be for acing exams, finding true love or bearing a child, natives and tourists alike believe that good luck comes to those who pray fervently. And it is beyond agreeable to say that one of the most sought-after fortunes is wealth. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to add more 00000’s to their bank accounts? But before we delve into the list of these money spots, it’s very important to know the proper way of paying your respects to these places. To simplify, you need to: bow slightly — ring the bell (if there is one) — bow deeper twice (90 degrees) — clap twice — one last deep bow. You might find different variations of this etiquette, but this is the general rule. If you’re able to do these steps, you’re good to go. Now that we’re able to sort that out, let’s get straight to the list of these money shrines in Tokyo:
Located in Nihonbashi is Koami Shrine. Dubbed as the finance capital district, Nihonbashi is believed to be booming with commercial success because of the protection of the commerce gods. Koami shrine is literally referred to as the home of the Goddess of Luck and Fortune. It is very popular among people who wish for luck in lotteries, winning money (contests) and other types of wealth. You can also ask for your general safety as it is also known to ward off evil spirits and other misfortunes. While you’re at it, you might want to try washing your money in Tokyo Zeniara Benten inside the shrine. It is said that Benten-sama, the goddess of good fortune, will double your money as it is soaked in her powers.
Name: Koami Shrine
Address: 103-0026, 16-23 Koamicho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
2.Kaichu Inari Shrine
Kaichu Inari Jinja was built in 1533 and is considered the deity of Okubo. In 1624, Tokugawa Shogunate seized the shrine and declared it under the government’s protection. 100 gunmen called teppotai were assigned to match-lock the shrine. The captain of the squad had bad shooting skills. But after dreaming of the god Inari giving him a talisman, his skills improved. Upon hearing his story, the members eventually paid their respects to the shrine as well. Soon, every single soldier hit his targets. Kaichu means all-hit, which now roughly translates to every single wish comes true. Up to this day, the shrine is visited for various wishes especially for business, as Inari is a god of agriculture and protector of business.
Name: Kaichu Inari Shrine
Address: 1-11-16, Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
If you’re exploring the area of Shibuya, the Hachimangu Shrines are a must. First is the Konno Hachimangu. Founded in 1902, this small shrine sits at the center of the hustle and bustle of the city. This shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the god of war. It is said that Hachiman granted the victory of Kawasaki Shigeie, who was later on granted the family name Shibuya. His clan worshiped the shrine as its family guardian.
Name: Konno Hachimangu
Address: 150-0002, 3-5-12 Shibuya, Tokyo
Another shrine worth the visit in Shibuya is Yoyogi Hachimangu. It has been recreated from its original hut site in the Jomon era (8,000 BC) thus its names Yoyogi ruins/Yoyogi remains. Some unearthed remains are displayed in the main temple. It is located on a hill and offers a very tranquil atmosphere as you offer your prayers. The shrine is believed to drive away evil and invite good luck in the lives of those who pray in it. This shrine is associated to Minamoto family.
Name: Yoyogi Hachimangu
Address: 151-0053, 5-1-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya , Tokyo
Phone: +81 3-3201-1331
Established in 1062, Ana Hachimangu still offers a beautiful shrine complex despite its antiquity. It has been reconstructed post-war and has been popular for its unique structures. At gatefront, you can see the statue of the deity Zuishin. At the back are two figures of horses. There is also a building where the drum is hung called Koro. It houses Amida Nyorai, a Buddha for Pure Lands rebirth. This shrine is also famous for its yabusame or horseback archery.
Name: Ana Hachimangu
Address: 162-0051, 2-1-11 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku , Tokyo
Phone: +81 3-3203-7212
Now that you know where to head for less-crowded money spots in Tokyo, the last important thing you need to note is the omamori (お守り) or an amulet/talisman. They are pouch-like cloths and are meant to be put in your pocket, wallet, bag, etc. The omamori is for successful business, which is shaped like a money-bag and is usually yellow in color. After saying your prayers at the shrines, it’s best to couple it with this money talisman. You can see a lot of stores selling omamori around the shrines.
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