Omiya Hachimangu Shrine
Omiya Hachimangu (大宮八幡宮) is a Shinto shrine located in the western part of former Tokyo City.
Founded in 1063, it is one of the largest shrine in this area.
It's a 10-min walk from Keio Inokashira Line Eifukucho Station.
Shaden is the main building of the shrine. It is composed of Haiden, Heiden, and Honden. Haiden is where you offer prayers, Honden is where divinities are enshrined, and Heiden connects these two.
Kaguraden is the stage where music and dances are played during festivals.
In the corner of the shrine grounds is a storage housing mikoshi (portable shrines), and you can observe 32 of them through the glass window. Above photo is one of them.
Annual Events at Omiya Hachimangu Shrine
Hikime-no-gi & Omato-shiki
On January 2nd, traditional archery rituals called the Hikime-no-gi and the Omato-shiki is held every year. For detals about these, see the aritcle on the Hikime-no-gi & Omato-shiki at Omiya Hachimangu Shrine.
Wakaba Matsuri, or the Spring Grand Festival, is held from March 3rd through 5th. In this period, demonstrations of martial arts, parade of children clad in traditional outfits, drum concert and the like are dedicated to the divinities of the shrine.
Omiya Hachiman Matsuri
The Omiya Hachiman Matsuri, or the Autumn Grand Festival, is held in mid-September. In this period, mikoshi parades, bugaku dance, drum concert and what not are performed.