I took a walk through a downtown area of Tokyo, around Yanaka, Nezu this time. Around Yanaka, there is a metropolitan cemetery of about 100,000 square meters in area called Yanaka Cemetery, and many celebrities including last general of the Tokugawa era, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, great actor, Kazuo Hasegawa of the Showa, businessman, Eiichi Shibusawa drawn on the new ten-thousand yen bill and great master, Taikan Yokoyama of the Japanese painting are at rest there. Therefore, here becomes Teramachi with many temples in the outskirts. At the time when I just came, an event called "Yanaka Shichifukujin-meguri" (a tour of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune) was carried out, and most of the people who got off a train at JR Nippori Station walked the map to one hand. When I go out the station west exit and go the slope along the track to the left, there is a temple called "Tennoji" immediately. Bishamonten, one of the Seven Deities of Good Luck is enshrined in this temple. It is the oldest in "Yanaka shichifukujin" and was molded in the Heian era. This God giving off dignity in military commanders among the Seven Deities of Good Luck alone is believed in as God whom game luck and a wish grant. In addition, this temple was full of "the lotteries" such as the present public lottery very much in the Edo era and was said to be "Edo no Santomi" (three major tomikuji) with Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine, Meguro Fudo Ryusenji temple. I leave the temple, and there is Five Storeyed Pagoda trace when I go ahead through Sakura-dori St. in the cemetery. Because great writer Rohan Kouda wrote novel "Five Storeyed Pagoda", this Five Storeyed Pagoda became famous at a bound, but it was burnt down by arson regrettably in 1957 and continues up to the present day. In addition, I turn right from the Five Storeyed Pagoda ruins of the cemetery, and there is a temple called Kanonji when I advance. There is a fence with roofing tile piled up with a tile and soil in the Edo era in this sideway, and it is scenery is photogenic.
When I come back to the original way and go ahead through the way more, a lot of buildings which are nostalgic on both sides of the way please eyes. The left corner which faced with Kototoi-dori St. has Taito-ku Shitamachi Museum. Old Yoshida-ya liquor shop built in 1910 is released, and there is the display such as a counter and a sake barrel, the old poster here. I turn left at the intersection, and there is Kanei-ji Temple in the place where I advance for a while along Kototoi-dori St. and turned right.
Kanei-ji Temple was founded as a prayer temple of the Tokugawa family to inherit the shogunate in 1625 by the Tenkai bishop. Honji-do (Hall of the Original Form) of Kawagoe Kitain Temple was removed and rebuilt in 1879, and Konponchu-do Hall in the precincts was rebuilt.
The next of Kanei-ji Temple left for the Nezu-jinja Shrine. I returned in Kototoi-dori St. and went ahead through the path lined with temples in spite of being passing through. There is daimyo clock Museum on the way. On the day I was not able to observe it for the closure, but a lot of handmade precise daimyo clocks seem to be displayed. Furthermore, Otorii of Nezu-jinja Shrine is seen on the right when I go down progress, the Akaji slope and cross Shinobazu-dori St.
Nezu-jinja Shrine is an old shrine informed that Yamato Takeru founded it, and the luxurious main shrine of Toshogu Shrine style, the total lacquering became the important cultural property of the country, and General Godai Tsunayoshi Tokugawa erected it in 1706. Azalea Land in the southwestern side of the precincts is famous, and Bunkyo azalea Festival is held from April through May, and the flower of about 100 kinds, 3,000 flowers. In addition, 1,000 red toriis are built on the right side of azalea Land towards Otome Inari and become the shooting spot of the tourist from foreign country.
When I leave Nezu-jinja Shrine and go ahead through Shinobazu-dori St. to the north and pass subway Sendagi Station and curve to the left, there is Sudo Park.It is the trace of the suburban residence of a daimyo of supporting feudal clan, the Daishoji feudal clan of the Kaga feudal clan here, and it became the residence of politician of the Meiji , Yajiro Shinagawa, and businessman, Kichizaemon Sudo bought it later afterwards. Here was donated to Tokyo as parkland from the Sudos in 1933. The park becomes the excursion-type daimyo garden which kept ups and downs of nature alive. I cross Shinobazu-dori St. if I look at the park and appear at the entrance of the Yanaka Ginza mall when I turn left at the Yomise street. Yanaka Ginza is a mall of about 170m in length, and approximately 60 shops which supported the living of the general public such as a side dish shop, confectionary, a butcher shop, the fresh fish shop line up. There is a stone stairway called "Yuyake dandan" (Sunset Steps) on the way toward Nippori Station of the depths of the mall and is often taken up by TV programs. It is the trip of five minutes from here to Nippori Station of the way home.
|Title||Walk around Yanaka, Nezu (Tokyo)|
|Access||JR Yamanote Line "Nippori Station" getting off. Walk time: Three hours|