Hakusan Jinja (白山神社) is a shinto shrine in Bunkyo, Tokyo. It is especially popular in early June when it holds its annual Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival (文京あじさいまつり). I was too early for the best viewing but there were still a few flowers (and a lot of cats) when I visited.
The Yanaka (谷中) neighbourhood is located between Sendagi and Nippori stations. It is known for its large number of buddhist temples and cemeteries, the biggest of which is the Yanaka cemetery.
Above, golden statue in Zenshoan Temple.
Above, Saikoji Temple.
Above, Zuirinji Temple.
Above, statue of Nichiren.
Above, Daigyoji Temple.
Above, central alley of Yanaka cemetery.
Above, the alley in spring. It is lined with cherry trees and is a popular sightseeing place during sakura season (I was a bit too late for that though).
Above, the cemetery in spring, when most of the sakura flowers have fallen down.
Above, Buddha statue in Tennoji Temple, next to Yanaka cemetery and Nippori station.
Above, Tennoji temple in spring.
Above, Nippori JR station.
Above, “Tomato” shop. It actually is a fabric store: The surrounding area is officially known as Fabric Town.
Above, statue in front of Nippori station.
Above, train tracks at Nippori station.
After eating ramen, I was walking at random and taking pictures in Ikebukuro. Next thing I knew, I was on a pilgrimage through the temples in the area, ending at Gokoku-ji in Bunkyo.
Above, another set of owls…
Above, Shinjoin Temple.
Above, Homyoji Temple.
Above, Kishimojin Temple.
Above, Otori Shrine.
Above, stray cat at the shrine.
Above, Toden Arakawa streetcar.
Above, Seiryuin Temple.
Above, Inari shrine in Bunkyo.
Above, cemetery at Gokoku-ji Temple.
Above, gate of Gokoku-ji Temple.
The Bunkyo Civic Center is the government building for Bunkyo City, in Tokyo. Its 25th floor houses a free observatory.
Above, Tokyo Skytree.
Above, roller coaster in Tokyo Dome City. I tried it in my final week in Tokyo: It was my first time on a roller coaster and a truly frightening experience. I screamed like a little girl…
Above, looking towards Shinjuku.
Above, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.
Above, Tokyo Botanical Garden in autumn.
Above, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden in autumn.
Above, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden at the beginning of spring.
Above, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden later in spring.
Below, the building from different angles.
Above, ema plaques. The shrine is dedicated to Tenjin, the god of learning, and is popular with students hoping to pass the entrance exam to the nearby University of Tokyo.
Above, female taiko drum band.
Takuzousu Inari Engi (澤蔵司稲荷 縁起) is a shrine (with some buddhist influence) in Koishikawa (Bunkyo).
The University of Tokyo (東京大学; Tokyo daigaku), often abbreviated as Todai (東大), is the most prestigious university in Japan. Its main campus is in Hongo (Bunkyo). As far as I can tell, although there are guards at the gates, it can be entered pretty much freely.
Above, the Red Gate (赤門; Akamon).
Above, main gate.
Above, clock tower (Yasuda Auditorium).
Above, pond in Ikutokuen garden.
Spring has come to the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.