Ana Hachimangu Shrine
A Shrine that Grants Financial Luck
Ana Hachimangu Shrine is believed to bring good fortune, financial luck, and business prosperity.
According to the shrine’s history, it was founded in 1062 when Minamoto no Yoshiie worshipped Hachiman in this area.
A tunnel tomb was found in 1641 when the mountainside was cleared out, and inside was a gilt bronze statue of Amida Nyorai. Because of this, the shrine was named Ana Hachimangu Shrine.
The shrine’s “ichiyo raifuku omamori” is a charm available only during the winter solstice every year, and it’s said to bring benefits such as good luck and business prosperity. These charms are to be put up at exactly midnight on either the first day of winter solstice, on New Year’s Eve, or on Setsubun (the last day of winter), and they should be placed high on a room’s wall, facing the “ehou,” or lucky direction, of the year.
Every year on Sports Day (the 2nd Monday in October), Takadanobaba Yabusame puts on a horseback archery demonstration (designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by Shinjuku) at Ana Hachimangu Shrine. The horseback archery demonstration is held at Toyama Park.
Many people come to the shrine very early on the first day of winter solstice in order to get an “ichiyo raifuku omamori,” which is said to bring good luck.
The shrine has a replica of the “Hotei statue with water basin,” which has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property (crafts) by Shinjuku, on display.
Hojo-ji Temple is located right next to Ana Hachimangu Shrine, so we recommend visiting both together.
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- Name in Japanese
- Date of Foundation
- Postal Code
- 2-1-11 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
- Open all day for worship
- About a 3-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line’s Waseda Station