Yasukuni Shrine is near from Chidorigafuchi.
Here is also famous about Sakura.
Here is entrance from Kudanshita Station. There are many food stalls in front of Torii Gate.
Ordinarily Shrine is in solemn atmosphere. But during festival it becomes lively atmosphere.
This is old postcard c1920s – 1930s.
I searched the same angle, but couldn’t find.
Maybe because of food stalls and rest place.
Stone lanterns are the same.
There are variety of food stalls!
Here is parking lot. Huge tour buses. So many travelers come here to enjoy Sakura.
Second Torii Gate and Shinmon(Gate of God in Japanese).
There is 1.5m large crest of chrysanthemum on Shinmon Gate. It is crest of Tenno family(the Emperor of Japan family).
If you want to know about Yasukuni Jinja Shrine and relation with Tenno family,
please check history in official site.
History of Yasukuni Jinja Shrine (English)
Here is Haiden(place for worship). Ordinary, visitors pray here.
Crest of chrysanthemum are also seen here.
There are many Sakura around Haiden.
This is Noh theater.
This tree is criterion of Sakura blooming in Tokyo. 5,6 flowers opening is beginning of blooming, 80% blooming is full bloom.
I returned to entrance.
Another old postcard. Maybe these are the same places.
There are a lot of arguments about Yasukuni Jinja Shrine.
People have their own opinions.
But Sakura is blooming just beautiful.
After Yasukuni Shrine, I went Jinbocho on foot.
It is said that Jinbocho is one of the world largest used and old book stores area.
Of course, there are large new book stores.
Here is town for book lovers.
In spring and autumn, there are old book festival.
In 2016, Spring festival was from April 1st to 3rd.
Autumn will be held during end of October to beginning of November.
Autumn is more longer(about 1 week).
Street was full of books!
Here is as usual.
Some book store is specialized its own genre.
This is Yaguchi Shoten. Built in 1918.
Here is specialized in Movie,drama,scenario.
Other genre, arts and design, Japanese historical book,Manga,foreign countries..
I love some art book stores.
For example Bohemian’s Guild(Japanese).
Jinbocho is famous for curry and rice.
I often go Audrey and Ethiopia.
Audrey is soup curry. I always order chicken in red soup.
Ethiopia is so spicy. 12 kind of spices and many vegetables are melt into curry. I always order Chicken curry.
Others, Indian Curry Kama, Mandala are also my favorite.
Walk around old book stores, rest in cafe, eat curry.
This is the best way to enjoy Jinbocho!
Nearest station : Kudanshita Station/Toei Shinjuku Line
Entrance Fee : Free
Open : Always
Nearest station : Jinbocho Station/Toei Shinjuku Line, Toei Mita Line,Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line
Open : Depend on stores. Many store closes on Sunday