Namiyoke Inari Jinja Shrine

波除稲荷神社Namiyoke Inari Jinja (波除稲荷神社), or just Namiyoke Jinja (波除神社), is a small Shinto shrine located next to Tsukiji Fish Market. This shrine is where the guardian divinity of the Tsukiji district is enshrined.
This shrine was founded in 1659 when this area was reclaimed. Present shrine complex was completed in 1937.
It's a 5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Tsukiji-shijo Station.

Namiyoke Inari
Haiden
Namiyoke Inari

Haiden is the building where you offer prayers to the divinities.

Honden
Namiyoke Shrine

Honden, placed behind Haiden, is where the deities are enshrined.

Male lion's head
Namiyoke Shrine

This male lion head weighs one metric ton (2,200 pounds).

Female lion's head
Namiyoke Shrine

This female lion head is 0.7 metric ton (1,500 pounds) in weight.

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri (つきじ獅子祭り) is the Reitaisai (Annual Grand Festival) of this shrine. It's held in mid-June and conducted fully every three years (2018, 2021,...).
There are three mikoshi (portable shrines) owned by the shrine here, one ordinary type and two lion-head types (yes, those displayed in the precincts). In a fully implemented year, the ordinary type and one of the lion-head types parade through the territory the shrine guards. In other years, one of the three mikoshi parades through the territory.

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri
Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri
Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri

The red line overlaid on the map below (Google Maps) is the route (and time) of the mikoshi parade on June 11, 2017.

Namiyoke Inari Shrine
6-20-37 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: 5-min walk from Toei Oedo Line Tsukiji-shijo Station
Area guide around this site