Meiji Jingu ShrineProbably one of the most popular shrines in Japan, Meiji Jingu is nestled in the heart of Tokyo. Surrounded by a forest, the shrine offers a bit of an escape from the busy city just outside its borders. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
Sensoji TempleSensoji is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Located in Asakusa, just outside Asakusa Station, the temple is the most widely visited spiritual site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually. You've definitely seen pictures of the famous Kaminarimon gate, which has become a symbol of the temple.
Sengakuji TempleThe temple is famous for its graveyard where the 47 Ronin are buried. They were a group of leaderless samurai that avenged the death of their master, an incident which has since become legendary in Japan.
Kanda myojin ShrineThis Shrine enshrines three deities- Daikokuten, Ebisu and Taira Masakado- a feudal lord who was deified. Many people visit the shrine to pray for prosperity, as it is extremely conveniently located near Akihabara, outside Ochanomizu Station.
Gotokuji TempleGotokuji is a pretty little temple in a quiet residential area, outside Gotokuji Station. Not only are the temple grounds really beautiful, but the temple itself has become quite famous for its Maneki Neko Statues.
The path leading up to the main temple has a ridiculously large number of the white beckoning cat figures placed around a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The statues are said to bring good luck and customers into a business, which is why they are commonly found in restaurants. The most widely accepted origin story of these cats links the temple directly to the creation of the Maneki Neko.