Are You an Anime Fan? Here Are 5 Real-Life Shrines in Japan That Appeared in Anime

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  • When planning a trip to Japan, there are numerous places that you can visit. To narrow down your choices, it is important that you are able to select a theme for your trip. For anime enthusiasts, a visit to the shrines that appeared in some anime would be a great theme to choose. Here are five shrines you might be interested to visit in Japan!

    1. Kanda Myojin Shrine – Love Live!

    The Kanda Myojin Shrine is a Shinto shrine near Akihabara. Because of its proximity to the electronic district, it has become a mecca for otaku. People who visit the shrine pray for success in business, marriage, and good health.

    The shrine is home to the Kanda Festival, one of the three major Shinto festivals in Japan and is held every two years during May. The shrine is also a popular choice for people during the Shichi-Go-San Festival.

    For the Love Live! fandom, the Kanda Myojin Shrine is a beloved place that holds precious memories. The shrine has appeared numerous times throughout the Love Live! series. One of the members of μ’s, Tojo Nozomi, worked as a shrine maiden here. The members of μ’s also used this as a place for their training. In Love Live! Sunshine!!, the members of Aqours also visited the shrine.

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    2. Oumi Jingu Shrine – Chihayafuru

    Oumi Jingu is a Shinto shrine in Otsu, Shiga. The “Jingu” in its name means that it is connected to the Imperial House of Japan. The Karuta Matsuri, a Japanese tournament for competitive karuta (Japanese playing cards), is held here every January. Because of the shrine’s connection to competitive karuta, it appears in Chihayafuru, an anime about the card game.

    Every year, before the tournament starts, participants visit the shrine and pray for success in the competition. When you visit the shrine, you will get to see some karuta cards displayed and is a great opportunity for everyone to know more about this sport.

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    3. Yushima Tenmangu – Noragami

    Yushima Tenmangu is another Shinto shrine in Tokyo. This shrine is dedicated to Tenjin, the kami (god) of learning. Thus, this shrine is frequently visited by students praying for success in their respective exams. Tenjin also has a connection to plum trees, which is why the shrine maintains a lot of plum trees in its area. It also celebrates a plum tree festival in either February or March when the trees are in full bloom.

    Delivery God Yato from the anime, Noragami, who takes in job requests for five yen, visited this shrine in one of the show’s episodes.

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    4. Chichibu Shrine – Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

    Chichibu Shrine in Saitama is the shrine that appeared in the popular anime, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. The Shinto shrine is home to the Chichibu Night Festival, a popular fireworks festival in the area.

    In the anime, the main characters always hold important talks at Chichibu Shrine.

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    5. Washinomiya Shrine – Lucky Star

    The last shrine in this article is Washinomiya Shrine which appeared in the anime, Lucky Star. Located in Kuki, Saitama, Washinomiya Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in the Kanto region.

    In the anime, the actual shrine inspired “Takanomiya Shrine,” which is also the home of the Hiiragi sisters. Because of the shrine’s connection to the popular anime, Washimiya (now Kuki City) experienced an economic boost.

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    Seeing real-life places in anime is always interesting because you can get a chance to visit the location. While it is exciting that these shrines appear in popular culture, one must always remember to be respectful when visiting these shrines. Whether you are on an anime pilgrimage or have personal intentions of your own, these shrines can be a perfect addition to your itinerary.

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