Nearest station

Shin-Itabashi

Mita Line

Tōkyō-to, Kita-ku, Takinogawa 5-26-15

東京都北区滝野川5-26-15

滝野川八幡神社 

Takinogawa-Hachiman Jinja

Home page: None

April 19, 2017

Histor

There is a theory that the origins of this shrine date to 1202, but it is no more than a theory. That said, the consensus seems to be that some kind of small shrine was set up on the site sometime around the transition from the Heian to the Kamakura period. The Shinpen says that the shrine housed the local deity for Takinogawa village.

 The main hall was renovated in 1884, the prayer hall in 1921.

Remains of late Jōmon Period housing have been discovered behind the shrine. Until the implementation of the shin-butsu-bunrei (“separation of Buddhism and Shintoism”) policy at the beginning of the Meiji Period the affairs of the shrine were overseen by the Kongō Temple located at the nearby Shakujii River. Management of the shrine then seems to have been transferred to the Tenso Jinja in Minami Otsuka.  

Enshrined Deities:  

Main

Homuda-wake-no-mikoto          品陀和氣命

In-ground Shrines: 

Fuji-sha           富士社  

Haruna-sha     榛名社  

Inari-sha         稲荷社  

Earliest mention of:   ??    

Annual Festival:    September 15

The in-ground Haruna-sha was set up through the ceremonial transfer of a divided tutelary deity (kanjō) from the Haruna Jinja in what is now Gunma-ken. This took place when the area was still agricultural and farmers needed whatever help they could find in praying for rain.

 

In a more recent reminder of the area's agricultural importance, prior to the WWII the shrine office building fronted onto what was then a busy road, the Nakayama-dō, and it housed a seed wholesaling business run by the Tōkyō Seed Guild. Seeds for carrots from Takinogawa and giant radishes from Nerima were particular specialties.

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon

© Rod Lucas 2016-2019

All text and photos by Lucas unless otherwise stated