If you’re looking for unusual places to visit, very close to the Kudanshita Station in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, you can visit the Airex Building. The building itself has a great design (and it received a prize for architecture in 1994), but what is unusual about it is the fact that this is a… shrine building.
The first sign that this is actually a Shinto shrine is given by the red torii and the two komainu guarding the entrance. However, being accustomed to Tokyo’s cramped space, I was tempted to consider it just another building constructed very close to a shrine.
But this is a special case, the building is actually part of the shrine. Passing through the torii, after a small corridor, you’ll reach the inner shrine, the Tsukudo Shrine, dedicated to Taira no Masakado, the God of samurai.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: