Monday, March 9, 2009
Exploring Tokyo: Setagaya Dori and Setagaya Hachiman-gu
A little ways off from Setagaya Dori (between half a mile and one mile) is Hachiman-gu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the the God of War and the divine protector of Japan. According to wikipedia, this is the second most common type of shrine in Japan, after that of the god Inari. So, while the grounds of Setagaya Hachiman-gu are larger than that of most other shrines in the area, they're no where near as impressive as those in the more famous locations of Iwashimizu (Kyushu) or Tsurugaoka (Kamakura).
Still, Setagaya Hachiman-gu is a nice, peaceful area that attracts workers and students that want to take a break and just relax next to the pond and small fountains. According to "Kids Web Japan", the shrine is on a tram line, and features a Sumo tournament every Sept. 15. I didn't know there was a tram in Tokyo. Now I need to go look for it.