A luxury residential area since the Edo period? The reason why Minato has so many temples & shrines
Minato-ku has had areas of high ground since even the Heian period, so many temples and shrines have been built there. In the Edo period, lots of Daimyo's mansions were build there, along with many temples as it was a key security point at Edo's entrance along the Tokaido route. At the end of the Tokugawa period, Japan's first foreign diplomatic establishments were established at four temples including Zenfukuji. In the Meiji period, the Daimyo's mansions were turned into other mansions and embassies. It may not be an overstatement to say that this history is what lead to it becoming the luxury residential area it currently is.
Zenpukuji - Kukai and Shinran were involved in this old temple which became the first foreign consulate of our country
It was founder by Hirohodaishi in the year of the Heian Period (824). The Saints who Shinran the temple in the Kamakura period visited, and the person who had received it was inclined to Shinran's high morality, and converted to the Pure Land Jodo by giving one mountain. In the Edo period, the first American Legation and Townsend Harris and organizes were welcomed. Many great men, such as Fukuzawa Yukichi and Takashi Masuda, who created the foundations of modern Japan, visit the temple, which has deepened the bonds of friendship between Japan and the United States. In addition, it is designated as a natural monument of the country as [ginkgo of Zenpukuji] in the precincts, there is a large ginkgo of 750 remainder vines.
Akasaka Hikawa Shrine - 8th Tokugawa Shogun Yoshimune's shrine remains here surrounded by nature
By the order of the eigth Tokugawa Shogun Yoshimune, it was transferred to it's current location where the Asano family house was located in 1730. The current shrine was expanded at this time and has been designated as an important cultural asset of Tokyo, escaping many earthquakes and war damage.
Akasaka Hikawa Shrine
He is a company of ten Tokyo companies. The 5th year of the Celestial Calendar (951), ritual, the Edo period Tokugawa Shogun Yoshizune, established the present shrine in Kyoho 14 (1729). Since the Great Kanto Earthquake and the Tokyo Metropolitan Air raid, it escaped miraculously, and it was designated as the Cultural property of Tokyo. There are many scenes from the Edo period, such as Torii, Komainu and lanterns, starting with natural monuments. The belief as a shrine of the matchmaking is thick, and a lot of weddings are performed.
Shiba Daijingū Shrine - Ise of Kanto
Initially it was settled in Īgura-san (present Shiba Park) and was called Shiba Shinmeigū Temple, but was moved in the Keicho period to it's current location and renamed in 1872. In the Edo period, it prospered under the protection of the Tokugawa Shogunate and now enjoys the reverence of many people as the "Ise of Kanto". The festival held in September is famous and called "Daradara festival" or "Shōga festival".
Shiba Daijingu Shrine
According to the company's biography, one of the best old companies in Tokyo is said to have a branch of Ise shrine in the middle of the Heian era. Shiba Daijingu Shrine was named after the Meiji period, and was formerly called Ikura Shinmei Miya and Shiba Shinmei-gu. The Shinmei of the turf is a "quarrel of the pair" which happened between the kite of the fire and the pair which took place in the territory around this area with the Kangjin Sumo, etc. of four car Daipachi and Mizuhiki Seigoro which had been done in Shinmei precincts in February, culture The gate of Shinmei was a pretty busy downtown area at the time of the Minato ward. In the Edo period, sumo and plays were allowed to play in the precincts of temples and shrines, and they became popular. It is said that the play was held in the Shinmei of Shiba, the second year of Seiho (1645) as one of the plays of Edo Sannomiya. The "doodling Festival" held in September every year is said to have been the name of the long period, and it is also called the Ginger City because it sold ginger in the precincts and the vicinity in the festival. It was one of the most enjoyable events of the Edo period as it was famous in Kodenmacho town with "Beedachi City" and painted in Ukiyo-E. During the festival, Ginger, Chigi jssd (box) and Amazake are sold in the precincts. Senki JSSD (Box) is a spear split basket of the oval type which is said that the kimono increases when putting it in the dresser from the place that the thousand trees lead to the thousand clothes. Under the stairs, there is a savings mound commemorating the performance of Motojiro Makino, who revived the immovable Savings Bank.
Zojoji - The family temple of the Tokugawa Shogunate
Sengakuji - the temple where the 47 Ronin sleep
The famous Soto-Shu temple erected by Tokugawa Ieyasu in Keicho 17 years. The tomb of the Asano family and the tomb of the Ako Yoshiji, is dotted with the "principal tax plum" and other related things. The snowy day, December 14, is a seasonal tradition that many worshippers from all over the country visit. On April 1-7, there will be a spring festival.