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Nara-ken, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Tosenji-cho 15  奈良県大和郡山市洞泉寺町15

Genkuro Inari Jinja

Nearest station: Koriyama   Lines: Kintetsu Kashihara & JR West  

Sacred Tokyo 40 Shinto Shrines

The shrines home page tells us that it is the Genkuro (源九郎) referred to in the nursery rhyme “Let's play, Yamato no Yamato no Genkuro-san. “ 

During the reign of the 38th emperor, Tenchi (661-671), a member of the Heguri clan, Matori, attempted to seize the throne. The emperor ordered Otomo no Komaro to quell the rebellion. One of the first things the latter did was to pray to the kami for success; among these was Genbyo Inari, the first name of the kami enshrined at the Genkuro Inari Jinja. Genbyo transformed himself into a warrior and with the aid of numerous white foxes was able to put down the rebellion and bring peace to the land. 

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Enshrined Kami:  


Uka-no-mitama-kami (75)   宇迦之御魂神

GenkuroInari Daimyojin     源九郎稲荷大明神

In-ground Subordinate Shrines:


​Annual Festival:  March 13

Divine Favours  (御利益 Goriyaku)

Family well-being (家内安全, Kanai Anzen)

Business prosperity (商売繁盛, Shobai Kanjo)

Prayer for good luck (開運招福, Kaiun Shofuku)

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