Nogi-jinja & General Nogi’s Residence

sights / Religious

Nogi-jinja & General Nogi’s Residence information

Tokyo , Japan
Street 8-11-32 Akasaka
Extras Minato-ku
Getting there
train Chiyoda Line to Nogizaka, exit A1
admission free
Opening hours
shrine 6am-5pm
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Lonely Planet review

Found a short walk from the urbanity that is Tokyo Midtown, this shrine makes for a relaxing break. This is where General Maresuke Nogi, a famed commander in the Russo-Japanese War, killed himself in an act of ritual suicide on the death of Emperor Meiji in 1912. Nogi’s shiny black wooden residence is open to the public only on 12 and 13 September, but the rest of the year you can peek through its windows and notice the mash-up of Japanese and Western styles that defined the Meiji period (think a tatami room with a Western fireplace). Nogi himself is worshipped as a deity at the shrine.