This weekend brought a deluge of snow to Tokyo. The storm lasted about half the day, and wind whipped up snow that had already fallen.
I wasn’t feeling up to doing too much walking in the snow, but I couldn’t miss the chance to take some photos of the snow. I managed to make it to one temple and shrine complex in the Monzennakacho area in Tokyo. The chance to take snowy temple and shrine photos is one of the reasons I like living in Tokyo.
I didn’t quite make it to the temples themselves because of a malfunctioning camera, but I got some lovely photos of snowy temple and shrine gates.
Snowy Temple and Shrine Photos in Tokyo
Fukagawa Fudo-do Temple
The photo up top is of the gate in front of Fukagawa Fudo-do. This currently snowy temple is a branch temple of the Narita-san temple in Narita, Chiba. The temple deity is FudoMyo, who I find pretty intimidating. If you have the chance, you can go see a statue of the god inside Fukagawa Fudo Temple.
Lonely Planet has information about visiting the Fukagawa Fudo Temple.
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine
The next photo is of the gate at Tomioka Hachimangu, a shrine in Monzennakacho.
At this point, my camera was just about giving up and had collected some water droplets on the lens. You can probably see where I used Paint to try to get rid of the water drop – a tree was sacrificed in the process. Sadly, do not have Photoshop nor do I possess the skills to use Photoshop.
Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is closely linked to sumo and has a bunch of memorials stones and events dedicated to the sport.
You can find more information about visiting Tomioka Hachimangu at the Official Tokyo Travel Guide website.
After taking some photos, I bought a bunch of Valentine’s Day chocolate that was on sale and headed home. It’s too damn cold to be outside.