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Tōkyō-to, Higashikurume-shi, Minamisawa 3-5-8

東京都東久留米市南沢3-5-8

氷川神社 (南沢)

   Hikawa Jinja (Minamisawa)

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September 30, 2018

History

This Hikawa Jinja is located in the Minamisawa Spring area of Higashikurume and has rivers running by it on two sides. Its foundation date is unclear, but according to a document written by the 22nd chief priest of the shrine, Kurihara Sainoshin (栗原済之進), in 1900, its location meant that from olden times there had been a small jinja where the Kami of Springs was worshipped. As the area developed this shrine was rebuilt in 1654 in the style of the Hiijinja (斐伊神社) in Izumo with the support of three senior Tokugawa retainers, Kuze Yamato-no-kami (久世大和守), Kamiya Yoshichirō (神谷与七郎) and Mineya Hannosuke (峰屋半之焏 ).   Coming into the Meiji Period the shrine was given village shrine ranking and

Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Susano-o-no mikoto (57)        須佐之男命

Kushinada-hime-mikoto (70)         櫛稲田姫命

Ōnamuchi-kami                             大己貴神

 

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines:

Inari Jinja      稲荷神社

YakumoJinja 八雲神社

Inari Jinja      稲荷神社

Ōkami-Gū     大神宮

​Annual Festival:    

Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米

designated a Shinsen-heihakuryō-kyōshin-jinja. By the 1930s it had become somewhat dilapidated and in 1937 work started on planning rebuilding. WWII intervened, however, and nothing was done. Rebuilding was carried out in 1950, but in 1969 the shrine was destroyed by fire and rebuilding after this tragedy was completed in 1971.

Description

About 15 minutes walk from Higashikurume Station. The footpath leading to the shrine runs alongside the Ochiai River in its latter stages and the setting is bucolic. The shrine itself is not that exciting visually, but its head priest fulfils that function for eleven shrines in the area and some of those have their own quirky appeal.

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Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
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