The shrine often served as the Sailor Team's base of operations, a place where the Senshi gathered to discuss the latest news and their plans, or to simply relax and socialize.
Hikawa Shrine in the Real World
There are actually three Hikawa shrines in Minato-ku, located in the Azabu, Akasaka, and Shirokane districts, respectively. The Hikawa Shrine of the manga was based primarily on the one in Azabu (and sits in the exact same location atop Sendai Hill), while its anime counterpart was influenced to a greater degree by the one in Akasaka. The one in Shirokane was one of the two shrine locations for shooting the fictional Hikawa Shrine in the live-action version.
The names of real-life Hikawa shrines are written using the kanji "氷" (meaning "ice") for the syllable "hi," rather than "火" (meaning "fire"). The spelling in the series is a play on words highlighting Rei's connection to the planet Mars (火星; lit. "Fire Star") and her fire-based elemental attacks.
- In the first version of the English dub produced by DiC, the Hikawa Shrine was renamed "Cherry Hill Temple." In the second version produced by Cloverway, however, it retained its original name.
- Tokyo Shrines Bureau: (Azabu) Hikawa Shrine Information (in Japanese)
- Akasaka Hikawa Shrine Official Site (in Japanese)