How Many Shrines in Arakawa-ku? At least 34

December 29, 2018

​​According to The Association of Shintō Shrines there are 16 shrines registered with it in Arakawa-ku (Japanese).   I have come up with a number of 34: 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 total 10 main shrines, 3 (30%) are Inari, as are 5 (20.8%)  of the 24 in-ground shrines. Thus, of the total 34 shrines in Arakawa-ku 8 (23.5%) are Inari, in line with the 23% nationwide figure implied in Kamata’s table. There are two Hachiman Jinja, one main, one in-ground, in the ward.

Links to shrines in the table: 9) Susano-o Jinja

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