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Improve your fortune in Minato-ku, Tokyo! A popular goshuin tour on a share cycle

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Recently, the number of lovers is increasing as a hobby that anyone can start casually. In Minato-ku, Tokyo, there are many shrines and temples where goshuin maniacs are constant. There are several temples and shrines in a 100% close range, so you can go around several places a day on foot, but if you want to move more efficiently, a share cycle is convenient. So this time, I went on a trip around goshuin using the share cycle of "Minato-ku bicycle sharing".

From Sakurada Park, we first went to Karasumori Shrine.

On this day, we will use the share cycle of "Minato-ku Bicycle Sharing", which has 137 ports (as of April 2021) in Minato-ku. It is characterized by red coloring, and because it is an electric bicycle, it is a strong ally that can run easily on rowing and slopes. Anyone can use it if you download the "Bike Share" app on your smartphone and register as a user. From the app, you can search for the nearest port on the map, and you can make a reservation 20 minutes before the start of use. The usage fee is charged every 30 minutes, and the first 30 minutes are 165 yen. After that, 110 yen is added every 30 minutes.

The first place I visited was Karasumori Jinja shrine in Shimbashi. The venerable shrine, founded in 940 in the Heian period, enshrines the god of performing arts, Ame no Uzume Mikoto, as a deity, along with Kuraine Mikoto, the god of rich harvest, and 瓊 Nigi mikoto, the leading role of the legend of Tenso Advent.

A lively location surrounded by office buildings and restaurants in front of Shimbashi Station. And because there was a benefit of victory prayer and business prosperity, many people in suits who were excited in the morning when we visited visited visited. In addition, it can be said that it is a shrine that blends into the lives of citizens from the way that people who thought it was before going to work bowed in front of the torii gate to pass by.

After purifying yourself in the hand water house and visiting the gods, you will finally get a goshuin. In order to prevent the new coronavirus infection, many temples and shrines do not write in the goshuin book now, and the method of inging washi paper with goshuin written on it in advance has become the mainstream.

The goshuin of Karasumori Shrine is a colorful goshuin with a company crest in the center and a red, yellow, blue, and green crest in the four corners. The crow on the company crest is very cute with flat eyes. In addition, limited goshuin such as pink goshuin of Hina matsuri and silver goshuin of Natsukoshi Great Exorcism are also popular. On this day, the golden goshuin only during the annual festival is also discovered. I got lost because it was nice, but I still chose the basic goshuin for the first step.

"Welcome to visit us," said the shrine maiden, who asked you to get a goshuin. In fact, it is the first experience to receive goshuin, so there is a little tension in both hands received. When I was looking at the first goshuin in my life, I felt like I had the power of God some time.

"Shiba Daijingu Shrine" where you can get the power of luck

Next, we went to Shiba Daijingu Shrine in Shiba Daimon. It is about 5 minutes by bicycle while crossing Shintora Street from Karasumori Shrine. Shiba Daijingu Shrine, which I visited for the first time, is impressive with a neat scenery where the white torii gate shines on the approach that is unified in white.

It was founded in present-day Iikura in 1005 after being encouraged by Ise Jingu Shrine to Amateru Ōmigami and Toyosaki Okumi in 1005 during the Heian period. After that, Shiba Daijingu shrine was moved to its current location in 1598.

It is known as "Ise-sama of Kanto" because of its founding, and has attracted widely from the Kanto region as a result of "good luck" and marriage that is even stronger than luck ( kyoun ). It is also one of tokyo's ten shrines, and from the shrines that have received great faith from Yoritsuo Gen and the Tokugawa shogunate over a long history of more than 1,000 years, you can feel the divine aura that has watched over the streets of Edo and Tokyo.

From both sides, go up the stone steps overlooked by komainu to visit, and receive a goshuin at the awarding office. Here, along with goshuin, you can have a terring of Welling along the way and a ginger candy related to the ginger mound in the precincts. In addition, there seems to be a limited goshuin at the time of the annual festival in September when "Serradera Festival" is held.

When you finish worshiping and you are lucky with the "Koi Noboru Koi Minguji", in front of the main hall, there is a family who has just finished praying for visiting Sakumiya. I was somely smiled at the appearance of the baby who had not been born yet and the family surrounding the baby. I was asked to let me feel so happy.

Shiba-daijingu Shrine

According to the shrine's history, it is one of several ancient shrines in the city used to house the divided spirits (bunrei) of the Ise Shrine during the middle of the Heian Period. It got its name of Shiba-daijingu starting from the Meiji Period, before which it was called by other names including Iikura-shinmeigu and Shiba-shinmeigu. The name of Shiba-shinmeigu is known for the famous "Megumi Fight" that took place in March 1805 inside the shrine, where Kanjin-sumo wrestlers such as Yotsuguruma Daihachi and Mizuhiki Seigorou fought with the Megumi-no-tobi, a group of firefighters who considered the area their territory. Even back then, the Minato ward lying in front of the shrine's gates was a lively business district. During the Edo Period, the shrine was a thriving venue for entertainment such as sumo matches and theatrical performances, which were allowed in the shrine grounds. The theater was a type of Edo-sannomiya theater, and is said to have been first held inside Shiba-shinmei in 1645. In September of every year, the "Daradara Festival", an event supposedly named due to its long duration (daradara means lengthy), is held, during which ginger is widely sold inside the shrine and its vicinity, giving the shrine its nickname as the "Ginger Market". As famous as the "Betterazuke market" of Kodenma-cho, the festival was such an enjoyable event for Edo commoners that it was even depicted in ukiyo-e art. During the festival, ginger, chigibako, and amazake are sold. Chigibakos are oval boxes made of cypress, said to bring additional clothing when put into a cabinet, a good luck charm of sorts, whose name comes from the idea of a thousand pieces of wood (chigi) leading to a thousand pieces of clothing (chigi). Beneath the stairway is a savings mound built to commemorate Makino Motojirou's achievements in establishing the Real-estate and Savings Bank (Fudo-chokin-ginkou).

"Hojuin" that grabs the hearts of fans with a variety of goshuin

The third case is to Hojuin temple in Shiba Park. It is about 8 minutes from Shiba Daijingu Shrine around the north side of Shiba Park. From the intersection of Shiba Park 3-chome, the surrounding greenery is a pleasant route around Gingkozaka. I rowed my bicycle sideways at Tokyo Tower and pitted in Hojuin while feeling the refreshing wind of spring.

Hoju-in Temple was founded in 1685 by reigenjo people of the adjacent Masujo-ji Temple. It is also known as Benzaiten of The Seven Lucky Gods of The Port, and together with Amida Nyorai, the main image, it enshrines a 2-meter-high wooden carved Statue of Enma Daio, a 辨-year-old heaven and Minato-ku designated cultural property, a secret Buddha related to Ieyasu Tokugawa. Next to the main hall is a large Benten Pond, a spot where you can feel the healing of the scenery of the water's edge that blends in with the greenery of Tokyo Tower as a borrowed view.

The enma-sama that I hit in the main hall is powerful, overwhelmed by the eyebrows that have been caught up and the expression with his mouth wide open. The gingy eyes are full of dignity that allows you to see through the hesitation of this place.

In addition, in the precincts, there is a "statue of 3竦 (suk竦 that put the thought for peace based on the three customs of "snakes eat frogs, frogs eat sea snakes, and sea snakes melt snakes", and it is also fun to look for this. Snakes and frogs were found relatively easily, but only sea snakes were surprising. Please look for it locally by all means.

There are 4 types of goshuin only in the basics of Hojuin, and in addition, you can choose a variety of goshuin according to your profit, such as monthly goshuin and small mami goshuin. After all, I will move here, but this time I got the most basic "Amida Nyorai" goshuin.

When I looked at the goshuin book which became a little bit bit of a little bit, I saw a woman who thought it was the same goshuin tour nearby. I was brave enough to say, "Are you going around the goshuin?" When I asked her, she took out a thick goshuin book and said, "Next, I'm going to get the goshuin of Tower Daijingu." Heh, you can get a goshuin at Tokyo Tower. It's difficult today, but the next time you come, be sure to put it in the course.

"Nogi Shrine" dedicated to great people related to Minato-ku

From Hojuin Temple, it takes about 15 minutes to get to nogi shrine while going through Roppongi. The real pleasure of a bicycle trip in the city center is that you can see the scenery that you can not see when you get on the subway. The road with up and down is also swiss if it is an electric cycle.

Nogi Shrine was founded in 1923. Shogun Norinori Nogi, the deity of the festival, was a great man of the Meiji era who carried out both loyalty and Bunbu ryodo, such as giving military service in the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars, and in his later years, he was involved in the education of Emperor Showa. The current precincts are next to the mansion where I spent time with Mrs. Shizuko, who is also enshrined as a deity.

The precincts of the shrine that arrived down Nogizaka are truly majestic, with the words "away from the hustle and bustle of the city" perfect. Even if you walk through two torii gates and walk along the approach where pebbles are laid, you can feel the power that accumulates in this place.

Nogi Shrine is said to benefit from love luck as a god of marital war, as well as luck and work luck, because of the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Nogi. I finished worshiping while thinking about the life of Shogun Nogi who carried out my belief until the end, and received the fourth goshuin on this day.

In the precincts, two shrines are enshrined: Akasaka Oji Inari Shrine and Masamatsu Shrine. Of these, Akasaka Oji Inarigami is photogenic even if the torii gate is many times. I was also taken a photo of memories at the end of my goshuin trip.
From Karasumori Shrine in Shimbashi to Nogi Shrine in Akasaka, you can get 4 goshuin on a 5.5km road. It was a pleasant bicycle trip of about 4 hours including worship. It is healthy because it becomes exercise, and it is a hobby that is not dense, so it seems to be addicted from now on. There are many other popular shrines and temples such as Masukeji Temple, Atago Shrine, akasaka Hikawa Shrine, etc. in Minato-ku, Tokyo, so why not take a tour with your favorite course using a convenient share cycle?

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