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Updated: April 2, 2018
Nestled in lush greenery with koi ponds and a pathway lined with the familiar arches of torii gates, the Nezu-jinja Shrine is arguably one of the most photogenic places of worship in Tokyo. The culturally-significant site is located minutes by foot from Nezu Station on the Chiyoda Line and Todaimae Station on the Namboku Line.
It is said that the Nezu-jinja Shrine was founded about 1,900 years ago by legendary priest Yamato Takeru no Mikoto, and was built on the current site in 1706 at the order of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, who was the fifth shogun of the Edo Period (1603–1867).
The shrine is styled after the Tosho-gu Shrine in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, which is the final resting place of the Edo period's first shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Many of the features built at the time are still standing today, and have been designated as important cultural properties. The Nezu-jinja Shrine is regarded as one of Tokyo's top ten shrines.
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