This is one of the 22 Shussei-Inari shrines I have been able to locate in Tokyo's 23 wards. It was first mentioned in a family record dating to February 1804. Its name derives from its location a little to the south of the Kawagoe Kaidō. The lord of Kawagoe was passing by on his way to Edo and he stopped at the shrine and prayed for worldly advancement (shussei). In due course this word became the name of the shrine. Initially it was nothing more than a small wayside shrine (hokora) and it was only in 1968 that it began to take on its present form. Until that time there had been just the one building in the shrine, but shortly before that the Fukagawa Jinmei-gū in Kōtō-ku had been reconstructed and it donated its old main hall to Shussei Inari.
For me the main point of interest was the splendid pair of komainu dating back to 1918. Usually these take the form of foxes in Inari shrines--and they are present here but quite pedestrian in comparison to the komainu. Until the end of the Second World War these latter stood guard in a small shrine in a nearby childrens' playground before being moved to their current location..
I visited this shrine on a hot and humid summer day around noon and it was abuzz with mosquitoes; it's probably fair to say that the gentleman sitting in front of the main torii was probably not enjoying his bento as much as he would have done in a less mosquito-friendly environment.
Ōtori Jinja 大鳥神社
Earliest mention of: 1804
Annual Festival: July 15
Shussei-Inari Jinja in Tōkyō's 23 Wards
Shussei-Inari Bunkyō-ku, Hongō 1-33-17
Shussei-Inari Chiyoda-ku,Kanda, Suda-chō 1-13
Shussei-Inari Chūō-ku, Nihonbashi Horidome-chō 1-6-11
Kasama Shussei-Inari Chūō-ku, Nihonbashi Hama-chō 2-11-6
Nakata Shussei-Inari Itabashi-ku, Akatsuka 1-7-9
Eitai Shussei-Inari Kōtō-ku, Eitai 2-26-7
Tōyō Shige Shussei-Inari Kōtō-ku, Tōyō 5-9-11
Kitamuke Shussei-Inari Ōta-ku, Minami-magome 4-9-15
Hatsudai Shussei-Inari Shibuya-ku, Hatsudai 2-18-6
Shussei-Inari Shinagawa-ku, Nakanobu 2-8-8
Shussei-Inari Shinjuku-ku, Yochō-machi 12-18
Motoyoshi Shussei Inari Taitō-ku, Nihonzutsumi 1-5-12
Kitaike Shussei-Inari Toshima-ku, Ikebukuro Honchō 1-36
Shussei-Inari Toshima-ku, Kita-Ōtsuka 3-5-11
The following are the names of shrines, and in one case a temple,
in the grounds of which Shussei-Inari Jinja are located.
Samezu Hachiman-jinja Shinagawa-ku, Higashi Ōi 1-20-10
Nishiarai-daishi (temple) Adachi-ku, Nishi-Arai 1-15-1
Akagi-jinja Shinjuku-ku, Akagi Motomachi 1-10
Ichigaya-kameoka-hachiman-gū Shinjuku-ku, Ichigaya-hachiman-chō 15
Atsuta-jinja Taitō-ku, Imado 2-13-6
Yoyogi Hachiman-gū Shibuya-ku,Yoyogi 5-1-1