The shrine’s origin is unclear, but one old text suggests it may have been built in 951 close to its current location. The shrine’s powers were attested to in 1066 when prayers offered there helped bring an end to the great Kantō drought of that year. The next mention is not until 1729, when the eighth Tokugawa Shōgun, Yoshimune, instructed one of his Council of Elders (rōjū), Mizuno Tadayuki, to build a new shrine hall on what is still the location of the shrine. On April 26 of the following year the ceremonial transfer of the deity from the original shrine took place, and two days later the Shōgun visited to pay his respects. Along with this the shrine was granted a shogunate trading license worth some 200 koku per year.
This was renewed by each succeeding Shogun until the 14th of the line, Iemochi . Even after the passing of the Tokugawa the shrine continued to prosper. In the early years of the Meiji Restoration it was given the ranking of prefectural shrine (fusha) and in 1898 four nearby Inari shrines were merged and became the Shiwase Inari Jinja, one of the three in-ground shrines. In 1925 a further two Inari Jinja were merged and one more was added in 1934, now the Inari Jinja Sansha.
Susano-o-no mikoto 素盞嗚尊
Shiawase-Inari Jinja 四合稲荷神社
Kyū Jinja 九神社
Inari Jinja Sansha 稲荷神社三社
Earliest mention of: 951
Annual Festival: September 15
For me by far the most interesting aspect of this shrine is the large number of koma-inu and kitsune. There are at least seven pairs of koma-inu and three kitsune pairs. All of them are shown in the photos below. Dating as it does to 1675 the pair shown in the fourth rank from the top is the most interesting from a historical viewpoint. Note that the pair shown in the eight rank, although so weatherworn as to be almost indistinguishable, are conventional koma-inu but are located on the sandō to an Inari Jinja.