The Mamoru Settsu, which was given by the Tokugawa Shogunate in the current Yotsuya district as a mansion, created a scenic garden in the mountains and valleys in the residence, and Tsunokamizaka is the remnant of that.
Tsunokami Benzaiten stands quietly in the residential area of Araki-cho, Yotsuya, and when this area was a residential home, there was a large pond around it. Currently, only a small pond is left next to this Benzaiten. The deity of the shrine is Benzaiten, one of the seven gods of good fortune and the patron deity of Buddhism. Benzaiten, which is also known as the god of learning and music, has long been popular in this area where there were many geisha in the Hanamachi area.
The date of its foundation is unknown. From ancient times, there was a Benten shrine on the banks of a pond called Muchi no Ike. It is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu washed his whip with well water when he was hawking and the clear water fell into the pond, hence the name of the pond.
In the middle of the Edo period (1603-1868), the lord of the Takasu domain in Mino province (the present-day Gifu Prefecture), Matsudaira Settsu no Mamoru, took over this area and made it his residence. The name of this shrine, “Tsu-no-Mori”, comes from the feudal lord, Settsu-no-Mori, who once had the took residence here.
In 1956, the shrine was moved to its present location and rebuilt.