Shintō, The Way of the Kami

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How many gods/kami in Japan?



proverbially eight million

(八百万の神 Yaoyorozu-no-kami)

but as they can be everywhere

and in everything

the number is incalculable

(that said, there are just  362 kami

described or listed on this site)

How many shrines in Japan?


at least 174,000

possibly 261,000

Number of shrines in database: 67,599

Number of shrines on webpage: 167


(links to shrine descriptions here)

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completely independent:

beholden to no academic or commercial interest group:

no collation, no copy and paste:

everything my hands-on research

description of site here

Latest shrine report:  November 24

The 3 Big Questions

Recent Additions

(Note that there is an index to all the shrines described on this site here)

Nov. 24:  Sugimori Jinja      椙森神社   

Shrines in Tōkyō, Chūō-ku. One of the six small shrines which I visited on a 1.25km round trip from Ningyōchō Station.  thought to have been established in 931. along with Karasumori Jinja and Yanagimori Jinja one of the Three Edo Shine Groves. One of the Nihonbashi Seven Lucky Gods, the kami is Ebisu.

Nov. 17:  Suehiro Jinja         末広神社

Shrines in Tōkyō, Chūō-ku. One of six small shrines which I visited on a 1.25km (as the crow flies) round trip from Ningyōchō Station.  It is just 122 sq.m. in area. It was, and apparenty is still referred to as, the tutelary shrine for the Yoshiwara red-light district.

Oct. 30:  Senzoku Ike Benzaiten     洗足池弁財天        

In Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku. Also known as Ichikishima Jinja. The only information I have on this shrine is a small notice board inside the shrine grounds. In centuries past there was a small shrine on the north bank of Senzoku Ike but it gradually sank into the lake. At the beginning of the Shōwa era, 1926, many residents of the area began seeing Benzaiten in their dreams. This led to discussions about again enshrining Benzaiten and in July 1934 these discussions bore fruit with the restoration of the shrine. It is about 150m along the shore of Senzoke Ike from Senzoku Hachiman Jinja.

Oct. 25:  Senzoku Hachiman Jinja 専属八幡神社

In Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku. Founded in 860. Pleasantly situated on Lake Senzoku. Its main claim to fame its association with a famous horse, Ikezuka, which appeared out of nowhere to Minamoto Yoritomo when he was trying to rally his forces after defeat by the Taira in the Battle of  Ishibashiyama in 1180. Yoritomo interpreted the appearance as an omen foretelling his eventual overthrow of the Taira. 

Oct 14: Shinmei  Hikawa Jinja 神明氷川神社

In Tōkyō, Nakano-ku. Founded in 1469 by Ōta Dōkan to afford spiritual protection to Edo castle. The kami of Musashi Ōmiya Hikawa Jinja was enshrined through the bunrei process.  It is said that thereafter the Ōta family made a special tamakuji offering at the shrine’s annual festival each year.

Oct. 5: Noborito Inari-Sha 登戸稲荷神社

In Kanagawa-ken, Kawasaki-shi, Tama-ku. Founded by a Takeda clan retainer prior to 1580, when it was wasahed away during a Tama River flooding. Destroyed again by a storm during the 1840s. The main hall was rebuilt in 1853, the present hall dates to  1953.

Sept. 29: Negishi Inari Jinja    根岸稲荷神社

In Kanagawa-ken, Kawasaki-shi. I have no information at all on this shrine. I was not even aware of its existence until I came across it after making a wrong turning on my way from the nearby Gotanda Jinja to Masagata TenJinja. It is situated at the foot of Mount Hinata right next to Route 13.

Sept. 22:  Gotanda Jinja 五反田神社

In Kanagawa-ken, Kawasaki-shi. Said to date to the Kamakura period when it was known as Sannō-sha (山王社) and was the main shrine for the Kami-sugao (上菅生), Shimo-sugao (下菅生), and Gotanda (五段田) villages. Moved to its present location in 1926 when the Odakyu Railway Line was opened. Current name adopted in 1959.

July 28: Have added over 100 kami to the Find Kami page. almost all of them enshrined at jinja I have looked at. 

July 15 :  Ōji Inari Jinja   王子稲荷神社

In Tōkyō, Kita-ku.  In existence by the mid-eleventh century, and  Minamoto Yoriyoshi declared it to be the leading Inari Jinja in Kantō. The prayer hall dates to 1822, and this is one of those Inari Jinja which seems to have just grown in splendid disorder. Well worth a visit. 






Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashi Horidome-chō1-10-2-20

Latest other update: November 24

Edo Three Shrine Groves


                                                                                     Layout design support : Akiko Morita                                                                                                                                                                            レイアウトデザイン協力:森田 明子

Notes: 1) Throughout this site the colour violet is associated with kami/gods, red with shrines/jinja

                                          2) For Japanese words in italics on this site the Japanese script equivalents can be found in the Vocabulary

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