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The Top 5 spots for en-musubi, or finding love

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En-musubi is a Japanese concept that refers to connecting people together.

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Let’s check out Tokyo’s top 5 en-musubi spots.

Enmusubi is a phrase that is very difficult to translate properly into English from the poetic undertones and meanings in the Japanese language. It comes from two words “En” and “Musubi”. “En” broadly means the connections a person can have throughout ones life. “Musubi” means simply to connect or to ‘tie’. So you put them together and you have a Japanese phrase that often means, more modernly, finding love or marriage. Often young new couples visit certain shrines that are dedicated to the higher powers, or Gods, of Enmusubi to pray that they can have a long and happy relationship that will be prosperous and loving. These particular shrines are sometimes called in English “Love Shrines” because of their meaning. So, here are five top places to go for Enmusubi or to simply find love.

1.Tokyo Daijingu

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One of Tokyo’s most famous en-musubi spots located in Iidabashi.

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Referred to as “Tokyo’s Ise”, this shrine also acts as the Tokyo branch for Mie prefecture’s Ise Grand Shrine.

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Thanks to it’s convenient location 5 mintues from Iidabashi station, it’s an incredibly popular spot for Kanto area locals.

Daijingu is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo which houses three deities from the ancient Shinto religion that are said to be in charge of the creation and growth of all things. It is these three deities that are said to help provide a happy marriage and is also one of the most popular for such things. This is why so many young couples and young people are visiting this shrine on a more regular basis. This is also one of the most popular sites for visitors and lovers of the history of Japanese shrines and buildings so there are always lots of people there both of the Shinto faith and those just looking around so if you are looking for love you may well find them in this busy yet beautiful place.

2.Izumo Taisha Tokyo

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This shrine is the Tokyo branch of Shimane prefecture’s Izumo-taisha.

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Thanks to it’s convenient location 5 mintues from Roppongi station, it’s an incredibly popular spot for Kanto area locals.

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Okuninushi no Okami is a diety known not only for connecting men and women, but also for helping people find their true happiness.

The ancient Izumo Taisha shrine is said the be the oldest shrine in Japan and one of the most important Shinto shrines there is with people wanting to make a visit to this place as a pilgrimage. The Izumo Taisha Shrine in Tokyo has links to this ancient shrine. This shrine is in a very built up area in Tokyo and can be a little difficult to find for some people but it’s worth seeking this place out. It’s small and uniqueness offer a great difference from the shrines people are used to seeing. And this is another of the shrines people are praying to the deities for love and marriage and with it’s location being in such a busy area there are lots of people visiting this place every day.

3.Akasaka Hikawa Shrine

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Located in Akasaka, this en-musubi shrine has been around for ages.

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The shrine is connected directly to an area with plenty of trees and foliage, creating a spiritual atmosphere that isn’t easy to find in the city of Tokyo.

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From connections between men and women, luck for work, and luck for children, all kinds of connections and good luck charms can be found at this en-musubi shrine.

The Hikawa Shrine in the Akasaka district of Tokyo, often called “the Guardian of Akasaka District”, is a beautiful place within the city that has closed covered grounds with lots of trees and bridges and water that make you think you are far away from the city. This shrine is popular amongst young couples as it is the perfect place to walk with your loved one after paying a visit to the shrine to pray for a long and happy love and marriage.

4.Imado Shrine

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In addition to connecting people, this shrine, located in Asakusa, is also said to help stabilize the foundation of goods production.

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The shrine celebrates the deity of men and women, a god also said to have formed the country of Japan, gave birth to other gods, and created the mountains, oceans, fields, and trees.

Imado ShrineIt is also the origin of the famous manekineko.

This one is a magnificent looking shrine in the middle of a residential area of Tokyo. It’s main building covered in cats (an important symbolic creature) pops out of the scenery of the seeming normal surrounding architecture. This shrine houses a deity couple known as Izanagi and his wife or spouse Izanami. People naturally flock to this shrine to pray to these deities for luck in love and marriage from one of the most amazing and important couples of the Shinto religion.  There are even plaques around the grounds that showcase the hopes and prayers of young couples wanting to have a long and happy life with each other.

5.Meiji Shrine

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Meiji shrine is one of Japan’s most famous shrines and during the new year, it is the most visited shrine across the whole country.

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It’s known as a power spot that brings in good luck for new meetings while also clearing up any problems or bad aura that is preventing you from a better life.

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It is particularly popular among married couples as it is said to help form and maintain strong connections.

The last shrine to share with you young romantics is a very important one. The Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and his beloved wife Empress Shōken. These are extremely important figures in Japanese history and in Shinto history. The entire complex covers the span of nearly one hundred and seventy acres. This is a very long and beautiful walk if you are feeling up to it. This is one of the main places in the whole of Tokyo for people of the Shinto faith to get a traditional Shinto wedding. This then makes it one of the hot spots for young couples to meet and reflect on their future and possible future wedding right there in the grounds of the shrine.

So, there you have it, five of the top places for you to find love and pray for Enmusubi. Whether you are single and are looking out there for the one to spend the rest of your life with or are a new couple looking to find direction the world of marriage or even a married couple just wanting to rekindle a little spark then visit these places and you never know what may happen in your future.