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Tōkyō-to, Ota-ku,  Sanno 1-6-2 東京都大田区山王1-6−2     June 20, 2022

山王日枝神社

     Sanno Hie Jinja 

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Nearest station:  Omori   Line: Keihin-Tohoku (JK18) 

Sacred Tokyo 40 Shinto Shrines

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

Ōyamakui-no-kami         大山咋神

Ōnamuchi-no-mikoto    大己貴命

 

In-ground Shrines:

Eiri Inari Jinja         栄利稲荷神社
Sanno Inari Jinja   山王稲荷神社

​Annual Festival:  3rd Saturday

        and Sunday of September

This shrine was originally in the grounds of the mansion of the headman of Araijuku village, Arai Gonzaemon, and took its name, Sanno Sha, from the deity worshipped there, Sanno Gongen. The head shrine of the Hiyoshi/Hiei/Sanno grouping is Hiyoshi Taisha on Lake Biwa. and it is thought that (Hiyoshi) Sanno Gongen was enshrined here through the kanjō process. 

The Araijuku area was ruled by the Hatamoto Clan with what by the late seventeenth century had become an iron hand, and in 1677 the villagers asked the then ruler of the domain, Kihara Yoshinaga 木原義永 for relief from crippling land taxes. When their request was refused the villagers decided to appeal directly to the Bakufu government in Edo for relief. A group of six villagers set out for Edo but were waylaid en route by agents of the Hatamoto Clan and all six were beheaded.

Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社

Later in the Edo Period the Buddhist temple Naritasan Ennoji (成田山圓能寺), became the shrine’s betto-ji. In 1868 shrine and temple were separated in accordance with Shinbutsu Bunri, although they are still adjoining, and the shrine adopted its current name. In 1923 the shrine buildings were rebuilt and on June 8 of that year it was given village shrine ranking. In June 1945 it was completely destroyed during the US fire bombings; largely through the efforts of parishioners rebuilding was completed in 1960.

As can be seen in this picture in particular, there is a lot of moss in this shrine. Moss is usually found much more in temples than in jinja: the same can be said of the gate in this picture.

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Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
Sanno Hie Jinja 山王日枝神社
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