Nearest station

Ogikubo

 Marunouchi/Chuō Lines

Tōkyō-to, Suginami-ku, Amanuma 2-18-5

東京都杉並区天沼2-18-5

天沼八幡神社

   Amanuma Hachiman Jinja

Home page: (Japanese)

June 28, 2018

Enshrined Kami:  

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Main:

Homuda-wake-no-mikoto             品陀和氣命

 

From Merged Shrines

Ichikishima-hime-no-mikoto(58B)   市杵嶋姫命

In-ground Shrines:

Ōtori Jinja                    大鳥神社

Inari Jinja                     稲荷神社

Suga Jinja                    須賀神社

Kanayamabiko Jinja  金山彦神社

Hiei Jinja                      日枝神社

​Annual Festival:  August 26 

History

Mentioned in the Shinpen as the Hachiman Jinja for the Nakayato (中谷戸) section of what was then Amanuma village, this shrine was probably founded sometime during the Tenshō Period (1573-1593). Its bettoji was Rengeji (蓮華寺, Honamanuma 2-17-8). In 1635 the ownership of the land on which the shrine stood was transferred to Akasaka Hiei Jinja, which housed the guardian deity of the birthplace of the third Tokugawa Shōgun, Iiemitsu. Along with this, an in-ground Hie Jinja was set up.

Jumping to the twentieth century, 1927 to be precise, it was designated a village shrine. A further 50 years on the main hall was rebuilt as a ferro-concrete structure; in 2002 the temizuya was rebuilt, as was the kagura hall in 2004.

Description

Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社

About 600m from the north exit of Ogikubo Station. For me the most interesting aspect of this shrine is the line of in-ground shrines on the right hand side as one approaches the prayer hall. There are five such shrines, of which three, Hiei Jinja, Kanayamabiko Jinja, and Suga Jinja, occupy the same hall. Although there is only one Inari Jinja in the list of five in-ground shrines there are in fact three separate Inari Jinja. The Ōtori Jinja was set up in 1949 with the enshrinement of one of the main deities of the Asakusa Ōtori Jinja, Yamato Takeru, through the kanjō process. Like virtually all Ōtori Jinja this one celebrates Tori no Ichi each November. 

Homuda-wake, another name for Japan's 15th Emperor,  Ōjin (270-310), is the main deity at many Hachiman JinjaThe merged shrine from which Ichikishima-hime-no-mikoto (58B) came is a Benten-sha which was absorbed in 1907. 

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Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社

Hiei Jinja     Kanayamabiko Jinja      Suga Jinja

Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社

Ōtori Jinja

Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社

The Three Inari Jinja

Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja 天沼八幡神社
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