Although not as large or as fancy as some others, this Shinto shrine boasts a long and dramatic history. This is where once stood the proud Shibuya Castle, home to the Shibuya clan, after which the entire district takes its name. Although the fortress is gone today, you can still find a single stone from its walls on display in front of the shrine.
The shrine is also one of the oldest places of worship in the entire city. Ever since the 11th century AD, the faithful have been coming here to pray to god Hachiman, the protector of Japan and its rulers and people. According to legend, this god once roamed the lands as a human - the emperor Ōjin, who lived around 3rd century AD.
The building you can see today is of later date though, having been erected sometime in the 17th century. When visiting, remember to take the time to look at the cherry tree on the right side of the shrine. Planted by the first Tokugawa shogun Minamoto in 12th century AD, it is even older than the shrine itself.
Address 3-5-12 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Coordinates 35°39'27.266" N 139°42'22.499" E