A Soothing Tour of Tokyo’s Nezu Shrine

A Luxury Travel in Japan is like a lyrical ballad which keeps getting better with every line. Japan has vast and immensely pleasant riches in the form of colorful shrines, fascinating geisha districts and age-old Buddhist temples that stand witness to the country’s rich cultural heritage and ancient history. Add another leaf to the Tokyo’s Nezu Shrine, a small natural haven north of the city’s center. More secluded than the larger Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in the capital, Nezu remains a wonderful off-the-radar spot for travelers seeking a bit of peace and quiet. Let’s find out more reasons to visit

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Perhaps the most photographed area of Nezu Shrine is the long tunnel of vermilion torii gates. It is under the sponsorship of the local businesses and citizens, these simple wooden arches stand as offerings to the Shinto gods that inhabit the world along with us mortals. The most famous display of torii is undoubtedly Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, and hence attracts the highest number of footfall. Nezu Shrine offers a less-traveled spot for admiring these striking arches free of crowds. So what you do not include Kyoto in your luxury travel itinerary Nezu Shrine is a worthy alternative for your picture perfect moments. In the heart of the complex lies the honden main shrine, an inviting edifice colored in vivid hues and glittering gold. Although damaged in the allied bombing raids of WW2, the honden was carefully restored after the war to its former grandeur. In fact, Nezu Shrine is the largest of the restored Edo period Shinto shrines in Tokyo. The honden’s bright appearance is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your visit to Nezu Shrine.

The springtime flower festival is an event you simply cannot miss. After the last of the cherry blossoms have fallen, visitors to Nezu Shrine have little to be sad about. The shrine grounds contain thousands of azalea bushes that burst into color in late April and early May. Various shades of purples and pinks stand out beautifully in contrast to the long procession of torii gates that wind over the low hills on the shrine precincts. It’s this colorful festival that earned Nezu Shrine the moniker of “Tokyo’s Most Beautiful Shrine.” Nature lovers should consider a trip to Japan that begins in Tokyo right at the start of May. You’ll avoid the crunch of cherry blossom crowds and still be in time to catch the azaleas at Nezu.

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Lastly, the neighborhood is simply delightful. There are plenty of spots wherein one can pick the local snacks. One such example would be taiyaki red bean sweets, crispy senbei rice crackers, and even donuts shaped like cat tails.

Whether it is the searcher of beauty in your or the one looking for a calming visit. Or even an absolute foodie who is not averse to exotic tastes, Japan is the place to be. The Nezu Shrine is one of the many feathers in the already vibrant country of Japan which is yet to get the recognition from the zealous tourists usually visiting the West.

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