Built on the land of Edo some 1300 years ago, the Kanda Shrine has been watching over Tokyo for centuries.

Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are some of the most popular attractions among foreign tourists visiting Japan. Besides a chance to experience the local history and culture, many also enjoy the their beautiful architecture and gardens. The Kanda Shrine believed to boost your luck in marriage and business is one of the major tourist attractions in Tokyo.


Not just the vermilion shrine! The lion dance fortune is a must experience

Kanda Shrine is known for its vividly beautiful main building painted in vermilion, but its charms don’t end there. The written fortunes known as o-mikuji in Japanese are an essential part of any Shinto shrine, but Kanda Shrine puts an unique spin on it with their lion dance o-mikuji. Insert a coin and push a button, and you will see a lion dancing to a Japanese festival melody grant you a fortune. Foreigners are also able to enjoy this unique o-mikuji as there are fortunes written in English available.



A guardian lion in a place like this!? Let’s try and find them all

When entering a Shinto shrine, you will see a pair of guardian lion statues facing each other on both sides of the gate and the shrine building. Unlike most guardian lions, the guardian lions at Kanda Shrine are both looking front into the same direction. Another peculiarity of theirs is their muscular and sturdy bodies. On the right side of the shrine building stands Shishiyama, one of the three greatest lions in the Kanto region, and on the pillar there is another guardian lion…? Kanda Shrine is known for having guardian lions in more places than most other shrines. Try and find them all when you visit.




You might also like


miho mayeda

miho mayeda


I politely introduce my beloved country of Japan in my beloved Japanese language. I am an artisan with words, and will give my body and soul to the end. I am a freelance editor and writer who was born and raised in Tokyo.


Address 2-16-2, Sotokanada, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo