猿楽神社: Where history and spirituality intertwine in the heart of Tokyo
Sarugaku Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It is a standalone shrine not affiliated with the Association of Shinto Shrines.
- Address: 29-9 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033
- Phone Number: 03-3461-0533
- Access: 5-minute walk from Daikanyama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line
- Festival Days: February 18th and November 18th
Main Events and Attractions of the Festival
The Sarugaku Shrine Festival is an annual event that takes place on February 18th and November 18th. The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including:
A mikoshi (portable shrine) is carried through the streets of Sarugakucho by local residents. The mikoshi is believed to be inhabited by the shrine’s deity, and carrying it is said to bring good luck.
Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance and music performance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. The kagura performance at the Sarugaku Shrine Festival is said to bring good luck and prosperity to the community.
A variety of food stalls are set up at the festival, selling traditional Japanese festival foods such as yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), takoyaki (octopus balls), and taiyaki (fish-shaped cakes filled with sweet red bean paste).
Games and Activities
There are also a variety of games and activities for children at the festival, such as ring toss and goldfish scooping.
The festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the Sarugaku Shrine.
- Mikoshi Procession: Carrying the portable shrine through the streets for good luck
- Kagura Performance: Traditional Japanese dance and music to bring prosperity
- Food Stalls: Variety of traditional Japanese festival foods available
- Games and Activities: Fun and engaging activities for children
- Fireworks Display: Spectacular show to conclude the festival
Blessings and Deities
Sarugaku Shrine is dedicated to five deities:
- Amaterasu Omikami: The sun goddess and the most important deity in the Shinto pantheon
- Susanoo no Mikoto: The god of storms and the sea
- Sarugaku Daimyojin: The deity of performing arts and entertainment
- Mizugami: The god of water
- Kasamori Inari: The god of rice and agriculture
Visitors to the shrine can pray to these deities for good luck, prosperity, and protection.
Origin and History
The origins of Sarugaku Shrine are unclear, but it is believed to have been founded in the Heian period (794-1185). The shrine was originally located on a hilltop, but it was moved to its current location in the Edo period (1603-1868).
In the 1920s, the shrine was rebuilt and expanded. The current shrine buildings date from this time.
Tips and Notes for Visitors
Here are some tips and notes for visitors to Sarugaku Shrine:
- The shrine is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Admission is free.
- The shrine is a popular destination for weddings and other ceremonies.
- There is a small gift shop on the shrine grounds.
- The shrine is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. Please be respectful of the local residents.
There is no parking lot at Sarugaku Shrine. However, there are several public parking lots nearby.
- Daikanyama Parking Lot: 5-minute walk from the shrine
- Sarugakucho Parking Lot: 3-minute walk from the shrine
- Shibuya Parking Lot: 10-minute walk from the shrine
Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years
|Type of Stall
|A staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
|A simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
|Small castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
|Grilled Ayu with Salt
|Fresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
|A unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
|A Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
|A fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
|A banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
|Various types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
|Fried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.