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Hanazono Shrine (花園神社) is one of the important Shinto Shrines found in Tokyo. It is located in Shinjuku around a 10 minute walk from the east exit of Shinjuku train station.
Hanazono Shrine was first established in the middle of the 17th century, during the early Edo period. Over the hundreds of years there has been various redevelopments to the current buildings found at the site. A number of fires had destroyed the buildings including sever damage and destruction during World War II.
A number of important festivals are celebrated at Hanazono Shrine throughout the year including New Years Day prayers 1st January, Setsubun Festival and Two Horse Festival in February, Festival Koxinga in March, Flower Festival in April, Shinto Purification in June and December 31st as well as Clock Festival in Novembe
Getting to Hanazono Shrine
Take an east exit in Shinjuku Train Station. Walk along Yasakuni Dori a few blocks away from Kabukicho and you will find the entrance to the Shrine with the large red Shinto gates on the left hand side of Yasakuni Dori, just before a large set of traffic lights. Check out the Google Map for the location of Nanazono Shrine.
You will see this style of gates to the entrance of all Shinto Shrines
You will see the main temple of the shrine Japanese people making a contribution and saying a prayer. You will see the walk up the front of the shrine, throw a coin in the contribution box, then pull the rope to ring the bell, clap there hands together twice then hold their hands together to make a wish for good fortune
On Sundays the open area of the Shrine holds open markets selling a range of products including antiques.
Last updated 24th June 2016
Hanazono literaly means Flower Garden (hana 花 - flower and zono or sono 園 - garden) The land surrounding Hanazono Shrine was once part of the Imperial Gardens, now developed with the many tall buildings of Shinjuku. Around the 1830s and 1840s there were fields surrounding the shrine which were famous for growing bell peppers known as Naito bell peppers. Squash was also grown in the fields which were known as Naito squash or Yodobashi squash.
You will see the Shrine buildings are surrounded by buildings of Shinjuku. The main road is just a short walk between those buildings.
If you walk down the left hand side of the main temple of the shrine there are a set of steps leading out of the complex which takes you to the entrance of Shinjuku's Golden Gai area which are a number of small laneways lined with small one coin bars and restaurants.
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