This Shrine in Tokyo Helps Attract Good Relationships
Are you looking for love?
The shrine is open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., and charms are available for purchase from 8 a.m.until 7 p.m.
How to get there: It's a 5-minute walk from Iidabashi Station.
Most locals visit shrines or temples during the new year. This ritual is called hatsumode and is usually done to pray for good health or ask for a specific request for which there are also specific shrines.
Business shrines are for people who want to get a raise or achieve business success. Healthy birth shrines are for people who want to pray for a safe and easy pregnancy. Education achievement shrines are for students who have an entrance exam or finals in the near future. Good relationship shrines are, of course, for love, but they can also be for friendship, family, and other types of relationships.
In Tokyo, Tokyo Daijingu is known as a shrine for love, but little do people know that it is also good for helping with other types of relationships. Here's a quick tour.
A torii is located at entrance gate of Tokyo Daijingu. It is believed that the path in the middle of the torii is where gods pass, so locals would bow before entering through either side as a form of respect.
Washing your hands and mouth with the otemizu is a way of cleansing oneself before going inside the shrine. The water is not meant for drinking.
Use the hishaku to scoop the water. Wash your hands first, then rinse your mouth. Afterwhich, you wash your hands again, then proceed to the shrine.
It doesn't matter how much money you give, but Japanese people usually give five-yen coins. That's because ¥5 is go-en in Japanese, which also means relationship, chance, luck, or ties. With all of these in mind, you then make a wish. To properly do this, here is what you need to do.
Put the money in the box, bow two times, clap two times, make a wish, and finally make a bow again.
Bow deeply at an angle of 90 degrees.
Clap by putting your hands together.
Make a wish.
Make a final bow.
Charms are also sold at the shrine. Each charm has a specific purpose. Some are for protection, good grades, a healthy birth, relationships, and more.
The shrine priest suggests that you carry the charm inside your bag.
Not a lot of foreigners know that a charm is only good for the year it is bought. Charms are brought back to the shrine where they were bought from as a form of appreciation for the protection.
After praying at the shrine, people draw an omikuji to understand what the gods have in store for them. There are different levels of luck ranging from big luck, average luck, or even bad luck. If you draw a good fortune, you may keep it. Otherwise, tie it to the designated place for sacred burning.
At the Tokyo Daijingu, English omikuji is available.
After all of this, you can try writing a wish on an Ema board as well.
The heart-shaped mark at the entrance of the shrine is said to attract good relationships. Try to find it yourselves!
The candle night event at the shrine that happens every 17th of the month.
Tokyo Daijingu is one of the three most famous relationship shrines in Tokyo. Make sure to visit it on your next trip to Japan!
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (25 February 2019)