Nearest station

Ōsaki

JR Yamanote, Rinka +2 Lines

Tōkyō-to, Shinagawa-ku, Nishi-Shinagawa 3-16-31

東京都品川区西品川3-16-31

貴船神社

  Kifune Jinja

Home page: (Japanese) none

September 14, 2018

History

There is little information available on this shrine and I visited it after I had been to  Irugi Jinja. We are told quite explicitly that it was established on September 9, 709 during the reign of the 43rd emperor Genmei by   Fujiwara  Isendo through the kanjō process. Its original name was Kifune-daimyōjin (貴布禰大明神).

This precise foundation date is exactly the same as that given for Ebara Jinja and during its early history the latter had been known as both Kifune Jinja and Kifune-daimyōjin. This has led to speculation that this shrine is in fact the original Ebara jinja, and that when what became the current Ebara Jinja was spun off and moved to a new location  what  was left

Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Takaokami-no-kami         高龗神

Susano-o-no mikoto (57)  素盞嗚尊

 

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines:

Sorei-sha              祖霊社

Miki Inari-sha       三木稲荷社

Ōyamazumi-sha   大山祇社

Manchō-Gū         満潮宮  

(note that the bottom three of these

share ate same building)

​Annual Festival:  Nearest Saturday/Sunday to June 7 

Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa

 behind is the current Kifune Jinja, the name was changed to its current form in 1803. The shrine was destroyed during the firebombing in 1945 and reconstruction was not completed until 1967.

Description

About 600m from the west exit of Ōsaki Station and 700m from Irugi Jinja. Without doubt the main attraction of the shrine is what at first sight seems to be one of the Guardian Gods commonly found in the entrances to Buddhist temples. However, it is none other than our old friend Hotei: rather than having come from a Buddhist temple it was donated to the shrine in 2008 by Hatano Motoji, the driving force behind the expansion of the km company

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Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
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Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
Kifune Jinja  貴船神社  Tōkyō, Shinagawa
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