"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
JR and several private Lines
Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya 3-4-7
Toyosaka Inari Jinja
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August 9, 2017
It is said that the shrine was founded during the Kamakura period by Shibuya Shigeie at a site close to what is now the Inari Bridge at the East Entrance of Shibuya Station. It was apparently known as Hori-no-soto (堀ノ外,“outside the moat”) Inari, reflecting its position across the Shibuya River from the castle built by the Shibuya family and bearing their name which used the Shibuya River as its moat. Until about 1817 it continued to be known as Hori-no-soto Inari, it then became known as Tanaka (田中) Inari or Kawabata (川端) Inari. Also nearby was a shrine called Toyozawa Inari in the Edo residence of the Tajima Province-based Toyo-oka feudal domain (han), along with several Inari hokora. In the early Meiji Period these shrines were all merged into one, and in 1952 this new shrine was merged with the Tanaka Inari Jinja. In 1961 the Tanaka Inari Jinja was moved to its present location immediately to the south of the Konnō Hachiman-Gū as a result of the Tōkyō government’s Land Readjustment Project and the Toyosaka
Uka-no-mitama-kami (75) 宇迦之御魂神
From Merged Shrines
Tanaka Inari-Ōkami 田中稲荷大神
Toyosaka Inari-Ōkami 豊栄稲荷大神
Earliest mention of:
Annual Festival: October 13
Inari Jinja name adopted. Note that the hengaku in the interior part of the prayer hall shown to the right contains both the Tanaka Inari and Toyosaka Inari names.
Located almost directly across the street to the south of the Konnō Hachiman-Gū. It is probably not unfair to describe it as a typical Inari Jinja with its own torii tunnel, kitsune, and vermilion everywhere. That said, to visit the Hachiman shrine and not this one would seem almost churlish.
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