This route visits 5 major temples and shrines in Kagurazaka. Thi is the best route to collect Goshuin, or lucky seals provided by temples & shrines.（It takes about 60 minutes.）
Going out of Kagurazaka exit of Tozai subway line Kagurazaka station then turning left immediately, you are at the approach to Akagi shrine. Akagi shrine is said to start in the 14th century. When Daigo clan moved in Ushigome area from current Gunma prefecture, they separated their guardian deity in their home country to enshrine here. In the Edo era Akagi shrine was not only positioned as a top tutelary shrine in Ushigome, but also famous entertainment zone for people to gather. Current shrine building was designed by famous architect Mr. Kengo Kuma and completed in 2010. Its sophisticated and modern design attracts visitors.
When you go under torii, or gateway in vermilion color, and turn left and walk forward, you will be at Shinnai-Yokochoo, where a human national treasure of Tsuruga-style music for jooruri is living. There were once many temples in this area and the alleys are all very narrow, but recently more and more fashionable and "secret" restaurants have started business there.
At the corner of Shirogane park you can find Hyootanzaka (literally gourd slope). Its downhill meets ex. Okubo street. From here to Karukozaka is one of the oldest road in this area, a branch line of old Kamakura street (already existed in the 12th century).
This old shrine started in the 9th century. They say a famous buddhist priest Saichoo, an originator of Tendai school, visited here just after the shrine was established. In the Edo era, another shrine Tsukudo Myoojin existed next door (It has already moved to Kudanshita) and this area was crowded with visitors.
This is the busiest street among those intersect with Kagurazaka-doori. In the past, this street ran through Kagai, so on the streets still are some old shops in close relation with Kagai, for example, a Japanese kimono shop or a hair salon.
Zenkokuji is a symbol of Kagurazaka, and everyone call it "Bishamon-sama" with friendliness. It moved here from Kojimachi in the late 18th century (the Edo era) As Bishamonten is a god of tiger, its event on a day of "tiger"(zodiac) was very popular, so it is generally believed that this is the birthplace of temple festival in Tokyo.
Founded in the Kamakura era (in the 12-13th century). The founder of 1st warrior government (Kamakura shogunate), Minamotono Yoritomo, prayed here for victory against Oushuu(Northern part of Honshuu island) and after the real victory he seperated Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu to enshrine this shrine. What an ancient and honorable origin! Now the shrine looks small, but in the past Wakamiya park nearby is included in its territory.
This shrine was set up in the Meiji era (in the 19th century) as a praying facility of Ise shrine at Tokyo, and its deity are Amaterasu(goddess of the sun) and Toyouke(goddess of food). Now this shrine is know as a place for gods of marriage and as a power spot, and is very popular among young women.