Stairways to Heaven
Stair cases to temples and shrines on hill tops around Tokyo
日本の首都の聖なる断絶 Holy Escarpments of Japan's Capital
North of the Chūō-sen.
諏方神社 Suwa Jinja Shrine /
浄光寺 Jōkōji Temple-地蔵坂 Jizō-zaka (Arakawa Ward)
Matsuchiyama shouten-天狗坂 Tengu-zaka (Taito Ward)
湯島天満宮 Yushima Tenman-gū (Bunkyo Ward)
神田明神 Kanda-myōjin (Chiyoda Ward)
水神社 Sui [water] Jinja Shrine (Bunkyo Ward)
穴八幡宮 Ana Hachimangu (Shinjuku Ward)
市谷亀岡八幡宮 Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu (Shinjuku Ward)
須賀神社 Suga Jinja (Shinjuku Ward)
South of the Chūō-sen
Outlying (North Bank of the Tamagawa)
諏方神社 Suwa Jinja Shrine /
浄光寺 Jōkōji Temple
Nishi Nippori 3-4-8 in Arakawa Ward
東京都荒川区西日暮里三丁目4番3号 Nishi Nippori 3-4-3 in Arakawa Ward
Top flight of the Jizō-zaka stairs.
Middle (left) & bottom (right) sections of the Jizō-zaka stairs.
Nishi Nippori Station at the top (left). Tunnel under the train tracks to the north side of the station (right).
Bottom & Middle flights.
東京都台東区浅草７-４-１ Asakusa 7-4-1 in Taito Ward
待乳山 Matsuchi Mountain
天狗坂 Tengu Escarpment in Asakusa
天狗坂 Tengu zaka (slope) stairs (closed).
Sign with woodblock print of Matsuchiyama by Hiroshige (1830's)
Daikon representing ignorance/Pouch representing answered prayers (left)
Side building with the Skytree (lingering snow from the storm on 22 Jan. 2018)
Stairs decorated with daikon and lucky pouches.
湯島天満宮 Yushima Tenman-gū
東京都文京区湯島３－３０－１ Yushima 3-30-1 in Bunkyo Ward
天神石坂 Tenjin Ishi zaka (Stone slope) - 38 steps.
formerly 天神男坂 Tenjin Otoko zaka (Men's slope)
天神女坂 Tenjin Onna zaka (Women's slope)
Tenjin Onna zaka (Women's slope)
Tenjin Meoto-zaka (Couple's Slope)
(PhotoStitcher composition-the stairs are straight, not curved.)
東京都千代田区外神田2-16-2 Soto Kanda 2-16-2 in Chiyoda Ward
Main gate to the shrine.
明神男坂 Myōjin Otoko-zaka (Men's Slope)
Looking down the 68 steps of the Men's Slope Stairs.
明神女坂 Myōjin Onna-zaka (Women's Slope) top half.
Botton half of the Women's Slope.
Bottom three quarters of the Women's Slope Stairs.
水神社 Sui [water] Jinja Shrine
目白台一丁目一-九 Mejirodai 1-1-9 in Bunkyo Ward
View across the Komatsuka Bridge of the two sacred ginkgo trees of Sui Jinja. (left)
Sanctuary. (center) Two sacred ginkgo trees flanking the top of the stairs. (right)
穴八幡宮 Ana Hachimangu
東京都新宿区西早稲田2-1-11 Nishi Waseda 2-1-11 in Shinjuku Ward.
Bottom flight of the Men's Slope Stairs.
Top flight of the Men's Slope Stairs.
Gate at the closed Women's Slope Stairs. Top & middle flights.
Full Women's Slope Stairs and bottom (showing scaffolding blocking the bottom).
市谷亀岡八幡宮 Ichigaya Kameoka Hachimangu
東京都新宿区市谷八幡町15 Ichigaya Hachimancho in Shinjuku Ward
Men's Slope Stairs. (60 steps)
Final flight to the sanctuary. (left) Women's Slope. (right)
(東京 四谷総鎮守) 須賀神社 (Tōkyō Yotsuya Sōchinshu) Suga Jinja (Shrine)
東京都新宿区須賀町5番地 Sugacho 5 in Shinjuku Ward
須賀神社男坂 Suga Jinja Otokozaka (Men's Slope - 60 steps)
This stair case was featured in the climactic scene of the animated film "Your Name".
須賀神社女坂 Suga Jinja Onnazaka (Women's Slope)
Upper staircase of the Women's Slope. (left)
Lower staircase of the Women's Slope. (right)