5 Shrines for Luck in Love Across Tokyo

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Whether it’s a partner, marriage, or a wish to get closer to coworkers with and friends, taking a visit to a shrine known for love and fortune is your best bet in Japan. Why not recharge your heart and soul at one of these power spots♪.
There are tons of shrines in Tokyo, so here’s a round up of our top 5 picks to help you with love and relationships!

1. Tokyo Daijingu

This shrine was founded in 1880 as an offshoot of the Ise Grande Shrine.
It’s become especially popular for love and good fortune due to the many people who said they found their match, got married, or were blessed with a child after praying there.
You’ll also find adorably designed “omikuji” fortunes to wish for your next romance, and a wide array of charms to choose from.

Tokyo Daijingu
Tokyo Daijingu

2. Akasaka Hikawa Shrine

This shrine holds a special event geared at praying for fortune in romance once each month. You’ll need an advanced reservation to join, as many different people come to wish for not just love, but fortune in all their relationships, both platonic and work-related. After the matchmaking event you’ll receive a special comb and charm that’s said to embody the spirit of the woman in the shrine myth.

Akasaka Hikawa Shrine
Akasaka Hikawa Shrine
Address
6-10-12 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

3. Hie Shrine

A picturesque shrine known for its 1,000 torii gates.
It’s home to a full range of events, including the “Sanno Festival”, one of the 3 Great Edo Festivals.
Instead of the typical guardian lion dogs found at Shinto shrines, the grounds here feature Masaru, the statue of a monkey-like creature. Said to give the blessings of good connections, this design is featured on the amulet charms and wish-granting wooden plaques sold here.

The Honden
The Honden
Thousand torii gates
Thousand torii gates

4. Izumo Oyashiro Tokyo Bunshi Shrine

This is the only shrine in Tokyo that also enshrines the deity of Okuninushi no Okami, the kami of Izumo Oyashiro Grand Shrine in Shimane Prefecture. While relatively small in size, it provides convenient access to make a prayer to the sacred god of romantic fortune without having to leave Tokyo.
There are many popular “romantic cords” and charms available.

Izumo Oyashiro Tokyo Bunshi Shrine
Izumo Oyashiro Tokyo Bunshi Shrine
Address
7-18-5S Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

5. Imado Shrine

The grounds of this shrine are dotted with little “maneki neko” lucky cats, drawing in as much extra luck as they can. The god of marriage is enshrined here, said to grant good fortune in those looking to tie the knot or strengthen their relationship. On the bottom left of the staircase by the main hall sits two stone cats that are said to grant you fortune in love if you make a prayer while petting them. There are also cute lucky cat charms, a perfect piece for cat lovers!

Imado Shrine
Imado Shrine
The two stone petting cats
The two stone petting cats
Address
1-5-22 Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)