天国への階段  Stairways to Heaven
東京周辺の丘の上の寺院への階段
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
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South of the Chūō-sen; in & near the Yamanote-sen.
日枝神社 Hie Jinja (Chiyoda Ward)
愛宕神社 Atago Jinja (Minato Ward)
西久保八幡神社 Nishi Kubō Hachiman Jinja (Minato Ward)
元和キリシタン遺跡 Place of Great Genna Era Christian Martyrdoms (Minato Ward)
御田八幡神社 Mita Hachiman Jinja (Minato Ward)
御嶽神社 Mitake Jinja (Shibuya Ward)
瀧泉寺 Ryūsenji/目黒不動尊 Meguro Fudōson Temple (Meguro Ward)

North of the Chūō-sen
Outlying (North Bank of the Tamagawa)

日枝神社 Hie Jinja Shrine / 山王稲荷神社 San'nō Inari (fox) Jinja Shrine
東京都千代田区永田町2丁目10番5号(共通) Nagata-cho 2-10-5 in Chiyoda Ward

千本鳥居(山王稲荷) Senbon torii (San'nō Inari) Thousand Torii Tunnel


Top flight of the Thousand Torii Tunnel.

日枝神社正門鳥居 男坂 Hie Jinja Seimon Torii (Main Gate) Men's Stairs. (53 steps)


山王日枝神社鳥居 San'no Hie Jinja Torii

山王橋前の山王日枝神社鳥居  San'nō-bashi mae no san'nō Hie Jinja torii & stairs. Escalator. (right)

赤坂王子稲荷神社  Akasaka-Oji inari shrine  
東京都港区赤坂八丁目11 Akasaka 8-11 (Minato Ward)



愛宕神社 Atago Jinja
東京都港区愛宕一丁目五番三号 Atago 1-5-3 in Minato Ward

石段(男坂)  Stone Stairs (Men's Slope) (left)/Men's Slope & 女坂 Women's Slope (right).

Looking down the 86 steps of the 男坂 Men's Slope Stairs. (left) / 女坂 Women's Slope (109 steps). (right)

西久保八幡神社 Nishi Kubō Hachiman Jinja
東京都港区虎ノ門5-10-14 Toranomon 5-10-14 in Minato Ward.

男坂 Men's Slope Stairs (right) / 女坂 Women's Slope (left).

Looking down the 44 steps of the Men's Slope Stairs.

Small stair at the north east corner of the shrine precincts.

元和キリシタン遺跡 Place of Great Genna Era Christian Martyrdoms
札の辻 Fuda no Tsuji
Mita 3-5-27 in Minato Ward

Stairs leading to the memorial. The Fifty Martyrs of Edo were martyred here on 4 Dec. 1623.


Russ Stutler's web page "Kirishitan Sites in Tokyo" has a eloquent and thorough description of this memorial.

御田八幡神社 Mita Hachiman Jinja
東京都港区三田3丁目7番16号 Mita 3-7-16 in Minato Ward


男坂 Men's Slope Stairs (left) & 女坂 Women's Slope Stairs (right).

男坂 Men's Slope Stairs

男坂 Men's Slope Stairs

女坂 Women's Slope Stairs.
御嶽神社 Mitake jinja (temple) atop the  宮益坂 Miyamasu Escarpment in Shibuya

宮益坂   Miyamasu zaka (slope) in Shibuya 1-12-16 (50 steps)
During the shrine's September festival, a portable shrine is carried down and up these stairs.

The main sanctuary is guarded by a pair of extinct Japanese wolves.
There is a memorial to the last wolf killed by hunters in 1905 in Higashiyoshino, Nara Prefecture with the haiku:
"I walk/ With that wolf/ That is no more"



The descent back to Shibuya (scramble crossing 300m to the right/west)
瀧泉寺 Ryūsenji /  目黒不動尊 Meguro Fudōson Temple
目黒区下目黒3-20-26  Shimo Meguro 3-20-26 in Meguro Ward
Meguro Ward is named for the black eyed diety enshrined here.

仁王門 The Niimon Gate to Fudōson Temple with the Men's Slope Stairs visible beyond the pink and purple banners.

The 47 steps of the Men's Slope Stairs.

Stairs to the sanctuary.

女坂 Women's Slope Stairs (on the left is a stair to an ascetic enshrined in a grotto).
銅造役の行者倚像 Dōzō ekinogyōsha izō
The bronze statue is a Tangible Cultural Property of Meguro City and has very shiny knees.

The bottom of the 女坂 Onna-zaka Stairs. On the right, looking down with stairs on the right for pilgrims to rejoin the women's slope after visiting (and perhaps rubbing the knees of) the ascetic.

Middle section of the 女坂 Women's Slope Stairs.

Top flight of the 女坂 Women's Slope Stairs.

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