Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Kita Tomomi

Jul 13, 2017

Since you’re taking the trouble to come all the way to Japan, why not take the opportunity to make a wish for your love life? Like how the Japanese pay their respects to the God of Marriage, you too can make a prayer at the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. It’s well-respected by the locals, and lots of couples hold their wedding ceremonies here every year.

Prepare to be awed by the majestic 15-metre-tall torii gate when you approach the Shrine. And that’s not all: when it’s an auspicious day for marriage, you may catch a glimpse of the Japanese bride wearing her white traditional wedding dress and sharing her joy with the crowd. It’s best to visit the Shrine between the months of July and October because that’s the “Fate-Binding Wind-Bell” period. While crowds are unavoidable and can reach around 200,000 people, don’t miss it because the wonderful wind chimes – pleasing to both eye and ear – could help you realise your dreams of falling in love. Let the cool “chi-ling” sounds of the chimes carry the summer heat away…

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