- A brief history of the Hanazono Shrine
- Events and activities
- Find tranquility when you need it the most
A brief history of the Hanazono Shrine
According to the Shinjuku Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Hanazono Shrine was established at its current location sometime between the years 1624 and 1644. The shrine’s name comes from its origin as the flower garden of a samurai family (“hanazono” literally means flower garden in English).
As with many temples and shrines in Japan, the Hanazono Shrine could not escape the constant threat of fires. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout the generations, and the shrine that you can visit today was established in 1965.
The Hanazono Shrine is dedicated to serving Inari, a deity that presides over a variety of life’s most important aspects, including fertility, agriculture, industry, and economic prosperity. Naturally, this makes the shrine a popular place for those seeking success in both love and business. Considering the latter, the Hanazono Shrine, standing out against a backdrop of office and commercial buildings, finds itself in the perfect location (as evidenced by salarymen who stop by to pay their respects on their way to work).
Events and activities
With good fortune or precise trip planning, you’ll find that the Hanazono Shrine offers much more than a peaceful place of worship and urban escape. Events and festivals are held almost every month of the year, including the elaborate Tori-no-Ichi in November, celebrating the rooster days of the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Additionally, every Sunday, the temple grounds become a bustling flea market where you can find that perfect souvenir. If you are collecting goshuin, the Hanazono Shrine monks will fill a page in your book with beautiful calligraphy and an elegant crimson stamp.
Find tranquility when you need it the most
Whether you are shopping to your heart’s content in Shinjuku-sanchome or exploring the depths of Kabukicho, the Hanazono Shrine is the perfect place to catch a breath of fresh air. Pay your respects and appreciate your surroundings, and perhaps you’ll find yourself blessed with some of Inari’s good fortune.
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