Following the temples dedicated to the seven Gods of Fortune or "Shichifukujin," discover the unique "shitamachi" (old) atmosphere of Yanaka and Ueno neighborhoods.
Shichifukujin, the Gods of Fortune, consists of seven deities belonging to Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions.
All across Japan, they are particularly beloved, and many people pay respect to them at the beginning of the year, hoping to receive a bit of fortune and better afford the new year.
Through this experience, using Shichifukujin as a theme will let you discover one of the most peaceful and pretty neighborhoods in Tokyo.
Starting from the historical Ueno park with its pond covered in lotus flowers, we will arrive in Yanaka, probably the quietest and most relaxing area of the city, full of small temples and shrines and filled with an atmosphere of old times.
In Ueno Park, the starting point of this three hours and a half walk, we will visit the Bentendo, a Buddhist temple in the middle of the park pond, and then move to Yanaka to enjoy its atmosphere.
Here we will rest awhile in the peaceful Tenno-ji temple, embellished with a giant Buddha statue, and then visit Yanaka Ginza, the little old-style shopping street in the center of the neighborhood. End the walk by visiting Togaku-ji temple, with its unique tradition.