Located Northeast of the Imperial Palace and next to Akihabara, Kanda is an interesting neighborhood of Tokyo with a deep history. With many historic shrines, great places to eat, and convenient hotels, there is more to Kanda than first meets the eye!
Kanda’s Myojin Shrine and more!
Kanda Myojin Shrine has a deep history in Tokyo that dates back to the year 730. It’s a place to pray for prosperity and brings thousands of people for the Kanda Matsuri, which is held in May in every odd-numbered year.
Some of the deities that you will find at Kanda Myojin Shrine include: Ebisu, Daikokuten, and Taira no Masakado. They are considered the protectors of Tokyo’s 108 neighborhoods and are believed to bring success in marriage, business, and more.
The Kanda Myojin Shrine is a favorite Akihabara shrine for anime fans, because it fully embraces the otaku culture by featuring characters from the popular anime Love Live. You can find the characters on ema, which are wooden tablets used for writing wishes, and on charms!
- Spot name: Kanda Myojin Shrine
- Street address: 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021
- Access: 7 minutes on foot from Akihabara Station
Yushima Shrine is located north of Kanda Myojin Shrine and is also known as Yushima Tenmangu and Yushima Tenjin. Originally established in the year 458, it worships the deity of Ameno-tajikaraono-mikoto.
In 1355, a historical scholar by the name of Sugawara Michizane was enshrined at Yushima Shrine, making it a very popular place for scholars and students to visit. These days, students visit the shrine to pray for success in exams and is also known for its beautiful plum blossoms in the spring.
- Spot name: Yushima Shrine
- Street address: 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0034
- Access: 2 minutes on foot from Tokyo Station
Convenient Kanda Hotels
Being located between Akihabara and Tokyo, Kanda offers more hotels travelers on a budget. Depending if you are traveling alone or with friends, you can select from a capsule hotel, business hotels, or normal hotels.
Also known as the Capsule Value Kanda, this hotel was created for male travelers that want to see more of Tokyo while keeping a tight budget. Each capsule comes equipped with a TV and radio with English Speaking Staff.
- Spot name: Capsulevalue Kanda
- Street address: 1-4-5 Kajicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 101-0044
- Access: 4 minutes on foot from Kanda Station
Kanda Grand Central Hotel
Also known as the Grand Central Hotel, it is located between Awajicho Station and Kanda Station. Offering Single, Double, Twin, and Triple rooms, the Grand Central Hotel is in a convenient location and offers free Wi-Fi and even a “Nap service”, where you can stay from 11:00am until 4:00pm on a single day.
- Spot name: Kanda Grand Central Hotel
- Street address: 2-2 Kanda Tsukasamachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0048
- Access: 3 minutes on foot from Kanda Station or 4 minutes on foot from Awajicho Station
Hotel Mystays Kanda
Hotel Mystays is a popular budget chain hotel in Japan and they offer rooms with the option of smoking and non-smoking. Wi-Fi is available for free, with a coin-operated laundry on-premises, making it convenient and comfortable to stay.
- Spot name: Hotel Mystays Kanda
- Street address: 1-2-2 Iwamotocho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0032
- Access: 6 minutes on foot from Kanda Station
Info about JR Kanda Station
JR Kanda station opened in 1919 and is operated by the East Japan Railway Company, with the Tokyo Metro Kanda station opening in 1931. Here you can find convenient access to other parts of Tokyo via the JR Yamanote line, Chuo line, Keihintohoku line, and the Tokyo Metro Ginza line.
- Spot name: Kanda Station
- Street address: 2-13-1 Kajicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo
- Access: Serviced by the JR Chuo line, Keihintohoku line, Yamanote line, and the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
What to do around Kanda Station, Japan
If you look at a Kanda Tokyo map, you’ll find that Kanda is right next to Akihabara station with the Kanda river separating them. At this area, you can find some of the remains of the Old Manseibashi Station. Most of the area has been converted into a quaint shopping area called Maach-ecute, but still retains the charm of the old station.
If you take the south exit from Kanda Station, you can find the pub and izakaya district. Here you can find a variety of izakaya to enjoy a night on the town with friends, or you can head over to Devil Craft Kanda, where they offer amazing Chicago Deep dish pizza and craft beer.