Suitengu Shrine in Nihonbashi area is one of
the places dedicated to the Seven Gods of
Good Fortune. This shrine is frequented by
couples, expecting mothers, and families
with small children, as the deity of
is said to bring good luck during childbirth
and for children. On
your way to the shrine,
visit some of the beautiful and interesting
places on your way.
Toei Shinjuku Line Hamacho Station →
Hamacho Park →
Ohiro Shrine →
Hama house →
Tokyo Metro Suitengu-mae Station
Distance: 1.5 km
Time: 20 min
1. Take a relaxing walk
in a park and
feel the seasonal changes
Hamacho Park can be enjoyed by kids
and adults, as it is
equipped with such
facilities as sports equipment or a nice
the Sumida River.
In autumn you can find many trees with
leaves, just looking at
them makes one happy. Bring your lunch
with you for a nice picnic outside.
You can find the sculpture pictured above
right at the
entrance to the park. The
pose and the expression will put you
in a good mood!
2-59-1 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
As you leave the park and move towards
Shrine, you can find a lot of
old homes along the way. Contrasting
the image of high-rise
buildings in the area, these houses create
an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
You can also find cozy cafes on your way,
so do come in if one catches your eye.
2. A Shrine squeezed in between buildings
Ohiro Shrine is hidden between the buildings,
even miss it! At the both sides
of the shrine there are statues of Kitsune
They both have different
expressions and poses, so pay attention to
3-30 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
3. Have a cup of coffee at a modern cafe
Hamacho area has seen a rise in new stores
and buildings appearing in recent years.
One of them is the Hama House opened in
2017, which is popular with both
the locals and tourists from all over Japan
and abroad. There are many people enjoying
their lunch and coffee and looking
books lined up all over the store. The shop is
also used as an office
space for creators, a
place for business meetings, and even as
an event venue.
You can also order the coffee for take-out.
around in the cold, it is a
great way to warm up your body and soul.
3-10-6 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
4. Visit a shrine to pray for a safe childbirth
or the protection of children
Suitengu Shrine, which was renovated in
April 2016 is an
important symbol of the
town. Even during the day on weekdays
there are many
people visiting, from small
children to adults.
Since the shrine is protecting children and
childbirth, you can see many
small kids running around. Looking at the
little ones making friends with each
other creates a cozy atmosphere.
You can find a sculpture of a dog mother
and her puppy on
the premises. Their
heads are golden and shiny from being
touched so much.
Around the statue there
are symbols of Chinese zodiac placed in a
you touch your sign, it is said
that it will bring you good luck during
childbirth and raising the child.
After visiting the main Shrine, don’t forget
to stop by
the shrine for Benzaiten, the
patron goddess of literature and music,
wealth, and femininity.
Find the mother Kappa (water-dwelling
with children stuck to
her leg, back and chest. She will protect
you during childbirth.
2-4-1 Nihonbashikakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
As you leave the shrine, you can see the
trees with red
and yellow leaves along
the streets. Enjoy the autumn colors on
your way to the station.
Original article in Japanese