Oji Inari Jinja Shrine

王子稲荷神社Oji Inari Jinja (王子稲荷神社) is a Shinto shrine located 5 minutes away from JR Oji Station in Kita-ku, Tokyo. When it was established is uncertain but it is said that it already existed in the mid-11th century.
Its main building was built in 1822 except for its very core part which was severely damaged in WWII and had to be replaced.
Situated close to the shrine is Nanushi no Taki Garden, a Japanese stroll garden created on a hillside in the Edo period. If you're going to visit this shrine, visit there also.

Main gate
Oji Inari Jinja

Half of the shrine's grounds are used for the kindergarten run by the shrine, so when the kindergarten is open, this gate will be closed. Use the entrance located to the southwest in that case.

Oji Inari Jinja
Haiden
Oji Inari Jinja
Oji Inari Jinja

Haiden is where people offer prayers to the enshrined divinities.

(From left) Haiden, Heiden, Honden
Oji Inari Jinja

Honden, the right end part of the building in the photo, is where the deities are enshrined. Three gods - Ukanomitama, Ukemochi, Wakumusubi - are enshrined as Inari in this shrine.

Kaguraden
Oji Inari Jinja

Kaguraden is the stage where music and dances are offered during festivals.

Oji Inari Jinja
Oji Inari Jinja

If you go right from the main building, there are some more small shrine buildings.

Tako-ichi

Twice or thrice in February (the number depends on the year), many stalls will be set up around this shrine. Some performances will also be conducted at the Kaguraden stage during the day time. For details about this event, see the article on Tako-ichi at Oji Inari Shrine.

Tako-ichi
Ojiinari Takoichi

Kitsune-no-Gyoretsu

On New Year's Eve, people disguise as foxes and parade from Shozoku Inari Shrine to Oji Inari Shrine the moment a new year arrives. For details about this event, see the article on Kitsune-no-Gyoretsu at Oji Inari Shrine.

Fox Procession
Fox Parade
Fox Parade
Oji Inari Jinja Shrine
1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: 5-min walk from Oji Station of JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, or Toden Arakawa Line
Area guide around this site