How Many Shrines in Kita-ku? At least 77

June 30, 2018

​​According to The Association of Shintō Shrines there are 36 shrines registered with it in Kita-ku (Japanese).   I have come up with a number of 77: the difference stems from the large number of secondary in-ground shrines which are not registered with the Association. In the following table the names of the main (host) shrines are in bold characters, the names of the secondary shrines not. In all cases the addresses of the latter are identical to those of the former. 

Of the 19 main shrines, only one (5.3%) is Inari, 15 of the 58 (25.9%)  secondary shrines are Inari. Thus, of the total 77 shrines in Kita-ku 16 (20.8%) are Inari, somewhat lower than the 23% nationwide figure implied in Kamata’s table. Hachiman Jinja account for  4 (21.1%) of the 19 main shrines, just 1 (1.7%) of the 58 secondary shrines, and 5 (6.5%) of the total. Kamata’s table implies 18.1%.

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