More than Just Anime Sacred Sites! Top 5 Recommended Tourist Spots
Taking a pilgrimage of anime sacred sites is a travel favorite among both Japanese tourists and international visitors. It captivates a wide range of people—from avid anime fans to anime beginners. Some of the best anime sacred sites are in Tokyo, and people come from all over to see them. In this article we’ll introduce some other tourist attractions you can enjoy while on your pilgrimage. We’ll also introduce some great local gourmet destinations to stop at along the way.
Note: All prices include tax.
Stylish Café at Historic Kanda Shrine
EDOCCO CAFÉ MASU MASU
Edocco Edo Culture Complex is a cultural center on the grounds of Kanda Shrine (or Kanda Myoujin) established in December 2018. The center includes Edocco Studio, where visitors can participate in hands-on Japanese artistic and cultural activities, and Kanda Myoujin Hall, which holds concerts, anime events, and other activities, but the highlight just might be Edocco Cafe Masu Masu, where you can enjoy savory and sweet gourmet dishes. The unique name comes from the word masu, which can refer to a traditional square measuring cup or mean “more and more.” The café serves Japanese sweets and other dishes such as udon noodles.
Some menu items, such as drinks and pudding, are available to go. We recommend the ginger ale. Written in the kanji for “Shinto shrine” and “cheer” (which is pronounced like “ginger ale” in Japanese), it has been blessed by the shine’s priest so that your wishes may come true. It has a refreshing flavor with a strong ginger taste, so it is perfect for those who don’t like overly sweet drinks. It also makes a great gift for someone in need of some good fortune—such as someone with an illness or about to take an exam or participate in a competition. When you’re finished, you can rinse out the bottle and return it for a five yen coin (which is considered good luck), so it is good for the environment too. In March 2022 the café launched a collaboration with VTubers Nakiri Ayame, Ookami Mio, and Sakura Miko. Now the ginger ale comes in a box with their pictures on it.
And for adults on the anime sacred sites pilgrimage, there is also a variety of alcoholic drinks available, including Kamiawa draft beer, a sake tasting set that comes with a light snack (¥1,380), whiskey and ginger ale (¥680), and shandy cocktail (¥680). The menu is scheduled to be revamped in autumn 2022, so there is something for both regular customers and first timers to enjoy.
Masu Parfait (¥950)
Myoujin Pudding (¥480)
Amazake Set (hot or iced) ¥750
EDOCCO CAFÉ MASU MASU
|Address||Edocco Edo Culture Complex, 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo|
|Opening hours||10:00–17:00 (last order at 16:30), takeout 9:00–17:00|
|Days closed||Open everyday year round|
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Kanda Shrine (or Kanda Myoujin)
Located five minutes on foot from JR Ochanomizu Station is Kanda Shrine, commonly known as Kanda Myoujin. Built in 730, it is said to have been founded by Makanda Omi of the Izumo clan, who established the shrine in dedication to the deity Onamuchi no Mikoto (who they are said to have descended from) near the present-day site of the grave of the samurai Taira no Masakado. Later, traveling Buddhist priest Taa Shinkyo of the Jishu sect enshrined Taira no Masakado. After that it become popular among commoners who would come to pray to the enshrined deities as guardian deities of Edo (present-day Tokyo). When the Tokugawa shogunate expanded Edo Castle, it was relocated to its present place in 1616 to serve as a guardian shrine against the northeast (the direction traditionally associated with evil). The enshrined deities are still prayed to as guardian deities of the 108 towns located in the center of Tokyo to this day. The shrine is also near anime culture mecca Akihabara and is one the most famous anime sacred sites in Tokyo, appearing in many anime films and series including the Love Live! series and Steins;Gate.
|Address||2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo|
|Opening hours||9:00–15:45 (goshuin reception desk)
Note: Shrine grounds are open 24 hours a day.
|Days closed||Open every day year round|