Kanda Myojin (Kanda Jinja)

  • Capacity: 2~80 persons
  • Address: 2-16-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • URL: http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp

Introduction Kanda Myojin was founded by Makanda Omi, a descendant of the hereditary clan of priests (jingishizoku) of Izumo in 730. The shrine maintains that it is named after him. However, there is another belief that Kanda (literally "god's land") refers to the area's position as a onetime possession of Ise Jingu. Either way the area's history is older than that of Tokyo but it came to be very much associated with the Edokko, the Tokyoites whose families go back several generations in the city. Kanda is known for the Edokko's colorful shitamachi ("the traditional shopping and entertainment districts") culture and lifestyles.

Kanda Myojin, in Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, which is well-known as the central shitamachi area in Tokyo, has been called "Myojin-sama" and dedicated to Kami of matchmaking, family happiness, and success in business. Also, this shrine is the tutelary deity of Kanda, Nipponbashi, Akihabara, Otemachi and Marunouchi, the high-end districts in central Tokyo. This shrine is a very popular shrine and inherits the old Japanese traditions of Tokyo Metropolitan City, an exciting, developing and moving international city.

The area around this shrine is full of the taste of Japanese traditional culture. You can enjoy Amazake (a sweetened hot drink made from fermented rice or sake residue), or Soba (Japanese traditional buckwheat noodles).