Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin

豊川稲荷Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin (豊川稲荷東京別院) is a Soto Zen temple located in the middle of Tokyo. The word "betsuin" means "branch temple", and as its name says, this temple is a branch temple of Toyokawa Inari (Ryogonji Temple), a famous temple in Aichi Prefecture. This branch temple was founded in 1828. The precincts of the temple highly resemble those of a Shinto shrine.
Since this temple was completely burnt down in WWII, the whole complex is post-war reconstruction.
It's a 5-min walk from Akasaka-mitsuke Station of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Marunouchi Line.

Sanmon Gate
Toyokawa Inari

Sanmon is the main gate.

Honden
Toyokawa Inari
Toyokawa Inari

Honden, the main building dedicated to Inari, is a highly Shinto shrine-like building.
What is called Honden here in this temple corresponds to the whole set of Haiden, Heiden, and Honden in a Shinto shrine.
(In a Shinto shrine, Haiden is a place to offer prayers, Honden is where divinities are enshrined, and Heiden connects these two.)

Ooka-byo
Toyokawa Inari

Ooka-byo is a small hexagonal building dedicated to Ooka Tadasuke (1677-1752), a famous feudal lord and admistrator known as Ooka Echizen. He was a worshipper of this temple and protected it.

Oku-no-in
Toyokawa Inari
Toyokawa Inari

Oku-no-in is also a Shinto shrine-like building enshrining Inari.

San-shinden
Toyokawa Inari

San-shinden houses three small shrines inside.

Toyokawa Inari
Toyokawa Inari
Toyokawa Inari
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin
1-4-7 Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: 5-min walk from Akasaka-mitsuke Station of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Marunouchi Line
Area guide around this site