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Updated: April 2, 2018

Toranomon Kotohiragu Shrine 虎ノ門 金刀比羅宮

1-2-7 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Modern business collides with ancient tradition at Kotohiragu Shrine

Surrounded by modern skyscrapers and bustling commerce, the 400-year-old Kotohiragu Shrine provides a glimpse into another era. Built in the 1600s, locals pray here to ensure family health, business success, and maritime safety. Nowadays, it also draws crowds for its sato kagura dance performances on the 10th of every month. This ancient folk dance dramatizes old myths, combining flutes, drums, and codified movements.

Kotohiragu Shrine is in Toranomon, which translates to "Tiger Gate." At one time the site of the southern entrance to Edo Castle, the area is now one of Tokyo’s most prominent business districts. The high price of land here has resulted in one adjacent building almost consuming the shrine’s torii gate. It seems a fitting consequence for a shrine believed to bring about business success.

How to Get There

  • Toranomon Sta. | 1 mins on foot
    Ginza Line
  • Kamiyacho Sta. | 10 mins on foot
    Hibiya Line
  • Kasumigaseki Sta. | 5 mins on foot
    Marunouchi Line | Hibiya Line | Chiyoda Line

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Opening Hours

  • 8:30-17:30 Mon-Fri
    9:00-16:00 Sat, Sun, holidays

Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Smoking area |
  • Handrails |

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