The 5 Essential Shrine Things After Meiji-jingu at the Tomioka Hachimangu

After you’ve visited Meiji Shrine, it’s time for you to go to an actual shrine. Until the turn of the century, shrines have been the community hubs of every city, town and village. Not only were they places that people prayed; they were places for festivals, gatherings, and socialising. They set trends, gave alms, had schools. They are where you heard kids laugh, marketplaces, etc. Shrine aren’t just to be looked at. They’re to be experienced. The birthplace of sumo, professional sumo as it’s known today, also happened at a shrine. Just a 10-minute ride from Tokyo Station and Nihonbashi, Monzennaka-cho…