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Recommended Shrines to Visit in the Greater Tokyo Area for Hatsumode! Post to Social Media Using This Cheap Prepaid SIM Card!

“Hatsumode” is a New Year’s tradition where you visit a shrine or temple and both give thanks for the past year and pray for a good upcoming year. Many people go out to celebrate Hatsumode, so it’s easy to enjoy the fun atmosphere of bringing in the new year. In this article, we will be introducing our recommended shrines to visit for Hatsumode in the Greater Tokyo Area!
Additionally, we will also be introducing a convenient and cheap prepaid SIM card so that you can post your New Year’s fun to social media in real time!

※Details on the cheap prepaid SIM card “YAMADA New Mobile” are available at the end of the article.

3 Recommended Shrines in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area

[Tokyo] A Popular Stop for Businessmen! Kanda Shrine (Kanda Myojin)

This shrine hosts one of Japan’s 3 major festivals, “Kanda Festival.” The shrine is also known as “Kanda Myojin.”
It’s a popular stop for those praying for marriage and business prosperity. Many businesses operate in the same district as Kanda Shrine, and apparently many companies have their workers come visit for Hatsumode as a group.
Kanda Myojin has also appeared in several anime in recent years, so many anime fans also stop by.

Kanda Shrine at New Year’s
Kanda Shrine at New Year’s
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Basic information on Kanda Shrine

Address
2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo[MAP]
Access
5 minutes on foot from Ochanomizu Station
Tel
03-3254-0753
Operating Hours
24 hours (closes as usual on New Year’s Eve, then is open from midnight onward of New Year’s Day)
Admission
Free
WEB
URL(Japanese)

[Tokyo] The Top Spot for Marriage! Tokyo Daijingu

Tokyo Daijingu was founded in 1880 as a sister shrine to Ise Grand Shrine.
It’s particularly famous as a shrine for women seeking marriage, so it’s frequently visited by many women throughout the year. If you’re looking for omamori (charms) for love, there are many varieties available here!

Tokyo Daijingu
Tokyo Daijingu
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Basic information on Tokyo Daijingu

Address
2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo[MAP]
Access
5 minutes on foot from Iidabashi Station
Tel
03-3262-3566
Operating Hours
24 hours
Admission
Free
WEB
URL(English)

[Kanagawa] A Power Spot in Kamakura! Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is known for being dedicated to the kami of samurai. It’s a very popular place to visit in the area, as it’s known for being a power spot.
Every year from January 1st through 7th, the shrine holds an event called “Gohan-Gyoji,” or “Offering of the Sacred Seal,” in which the sacred seal is moved from the main shrine, and it is pressed against the foreheads of visitors by the priest to pray for good health and fortune in the coming year. It is said that the ritual can clear your mind, and many people come for this during exams.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
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Basic information on Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Address
2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa[MAP]
Access
10 minutes on foot from Kamakura Station
Tel
0467-22-0315
Operating Hours
6:00am-8:30pm (Open 24 hours a day December 31st through January 3rd)
Admission
Free
WEB
URL(English)

Details on Cheap Prepaid SIM Card “YAMADA New Mobile”

“YAMADA New Mobile” is a convenient and cheap prepaid SIM card for when you’re traveling.
This SIM card is offered by major electronic retailer “YAMADA Denki.”

YAMADA New Mobile
YAMADA New Mobile

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Each plan offers a choice between a micro SIM card and nano SIM card, and you can use up to 220MB of data per day.
*If the amount of high-speed data used in a single day exceeds 200MB, data speed will be restricted to 200Kbps until 23:59 that day. This restriction will be removed on the following day.

2 Easy Steps to Use!

  1. ①Insert SIM card into the terminal of the target device
  2. ②Set APN (Access Point Name)

※Please be advised that, although Internet accessible areas are provided through Japan’s largest communication providers, coverage in tourist areas is subject to the available network ranges.

Where to Purchase Cheap Prepaid SIM “YAMADA New Mobile”

This SIM card can be purchased at YAMADA Denki stores across Japan.
※Some locations may not sell this product.

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Address
1-5-7 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo(JR Ikebukuro Station, across from East exit)[MAP]
Open
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Address
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Click Here for Details! (Japanese)