View from the hilltop of Mt. Atago


Although the splendid view of Tokyo is now obstructed by high rise buildings, the Shrine located at the 26 meters top of Mt. Atago is a popular visit. Given the shrine’s proximity to many universities and office buildings, see students and working professionals alike, are making the trek up to the 86 steps towards the shrine hoping for a bless in achieving success.


It is said that the shogun at the time, Tokugawa Iemitsu, challenged his men to ride their horses up and down the steep steps as a sign of courage and respect. Only a single rider was able to deliver the plum blossoms from the top of the steps to the military chief. As a result of his efforts, the young Samurai moved up in the ranks and went on to live a very successful life.