Togo Shrine – a Tribute to Togo Heihachiro
A slice of tradition in modern Harajuku - the Togo Shrine is dedicated to Admiral Togo Heihachiro and a great spot to check out when in central Tokyo.
Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the Harajuku district of Tokyo. It was built in 1940 and dedicated to Admiral Togo Heihachiro, complete with a small museum and bookshop focused on the war hero. Also, on the first Sunday of each month, one of Tokyo’s best flea markets can be found here.
Togo is considered a Japanese military hero having had an impressive naval career, peaking with the sinking of the Russian Baltic Fleet during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, an event which ultimately played a significant role in the Russian Revolution of 1905. He was dubbed the “Nelson of the East” and pronounced the Shinto Kami of his very own shrine for his efforts.
Togo Shrine Overview
The journey starts in front of the green wooden Torii at the entrance, a rare non-red gate popular, particularly, for wedding photographs.
As you walk through the shrine you’ll find the path splits, the left going around the pond and towards the temple, the right going into the garden. The garden and pond are beautifully landscaped with abundant flora and fauna. The serene pond is full of carp and turtles.
Continuing along the winding path, enclosed on both sides by trees, you’ll find yourself at the temple. Like the rest of the grounds, the temple is extremely calm. It’s quite common to see traditional Japanese weddings being held here on weekends, particularly on Sundays, which is quite a sight for non-Japanese natives.
Adress: 2-8-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Telephone: +81 03-6459-2230
Togo Shrine Access
Take the JR Yamanote Line, exit at Harajuku Station and walk for 7 minutes.
30 minutes to 2 hours
Period Of Visit
All year. The best time to visit is on Sundays to try and catch a wedding. Plus, on the first Sunday of each month, a great flea market is held here.
The temple does not have fixed opening time – roughly dawn until dusk.