Where: Tokyo, Akasakamitsuke Station, Ginza line (8 minute walk), Akasaka Station, Chiyoda line (8 minute walk), Kokkaigijidomae Station, Chiyoda or Marunouchi line (8 minute walk. This one was a bit harder to find than some of the others. You might need to use your phone or a map in order to find your way there. Eventually, we came across some signs, but we had to go through a government building area in order to get there. I’m also a little unsure directions from stations, because we ended up walking from quite a distance because it was such a beautiful day.
Duration: 45 minutes-1.5 hours.
A Brief History: The Hie Shrine was first built around the 15th century to honor Hie-no-kami. In the 17th century, the shrine was moved from inside the Edo castle to outside to allow more people to worship there. However, the shrine was burnt down in a fire in 1657. A few years later, it was rebuilt again in its present location. Another fire during World War II destroyed the shrine again, but it was rebuilt in 1958.
Point of Interest: Up the stairs in the back (or front depending on which station you come from), are dozens upon dozens of red entrance way arcs that mark the way to the shrine. They are quite beautiful. The buildings are in beautiful repair over all and look as smooth as they do in the pictures.
Recommendation: 5/5 If there’s something to know about me, it’s that I don’t like crowded areas a ton. They tend to stress me out and I always wish that people would move faster or get out of my way when I’m walking, reading, trying to take a picture, etc. The friend whom I was traveling with is a lot better at embracing people in these circumstances (something which I need to learn from). After visiting many crowded temples, this shrine was more at my pace. There were very few people (with the exception of a wedding party, which was so interesting to witness) and a lot less noise than some of the other areas.