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.
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.
Gojoten Jinja (五条天神社) is a shinto shrine located inside Ueno Park. It holds its annual festival in May. In 2014, it was at the same time as the Yushima Tenmangu shrine festival: I was walking away from that festival when I saw another mikoshi parade just across Chuo Dori.
Above, priestess on a horse.
Above, taiko drum band.
Below, some pictures of the shrine taken another time.
Above, entrance of Hanazono Inari Shrine and Gojoten Shrine from Ueno Park.
Above, the main building of the shrine.
Above, Gojoten Shrine during sakura season.
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.