Tōgō Shrine

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Tōgō Shrine (東郷神社)
The Togo Shrine, in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.
Tōgō Shrine is located in Japan
Tōgō Shrine
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Geographic coordinates35°40′16″N 139°42′26″E / 35.67111°N 139.70722°E / 35.67111; 139.70722Coordinates: 35°40′16″N 139°42′26″E / 35.67111°N 139.70722°E / 35.67111; 139.70722
Icon of Shinto.svg Glossary of Shinto

The Tōgō Shrine (東郷神社 Tōgō-jinja) was established in 1940 and dedicated to Gensui (or 'Marshal-Admiral') The Marquis Tōgō Heihachirō shortly after his death. This shrine was destroyed by the Bombing of Tokyo, but was rebuilt in 1964.[1] It is located in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

There, The Marquis Tōgō Heihachirō is celebrated as a shinto kami.

A small museum and a bookshop dedicated to The Marquis Tōgō are located within the grounds of the shrine.

The shrine is located near the intersection of Takeshita Street and Meiji Avenue, and is accessible from Harajuku Station.

The physical remains of the Gensui (or Grand Admiral) himself are interred at Tama Cemetery in Tokyo. According to The Telegraph, the Tōgō Shrine took possession in 2005 of Admiral Tōgō's original battle flag raised at the Battle of Tsushima; the flag had been in Britain since 1911.[2]

Other shrines[edit]

As for General Nogi Maresuke who had several shrines throughout Japan named for him (Nogi Shrine), there are other Tōgō shrines, for example there is one at Tsuyazaki, Fukuoka, within earshot of the Battle of Tsushima won by The Marquis Tōgō.


  1. ^ Tōgō Shrine official homepage, "Togo,deified for his victories". Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  2. ^ Colin Joyce (January 6, 2005). "Japan proudly flies battleflag again". The Telegraph. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  • Togo Heihachiro in images (図説東郷平八郎、目で見る明治の海軍), Tōgō Shrine and Tōgō Association (東郷神社・東郷会), (Japanese)