Shitaya Shrine

下谷神社Shitaya Jinja (下谷神社) is a small Shinto shrine which enshrines god of fertility and fortune Inari.
It's a 2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Inaricho Station, a 5-min walk from Toei Oedo Line Shin-Okachimachi Station, or a 6-min walk from JR Ueno Station.
It is said to have been founded in 730 in modern-day Ueno Park. After the shrine was move out of there in 1627, it was eventually relocated here in 1703. Its present complex was completed in 1937.
Its Reitaisai, or the Annual Grand Festival, is held on the weekend nearest to May 11th, and fully conducted only in even-numbered years.

First Torii Gate
Shitaya Shrine
Second Torii Gate
Shitaya Shrine
Shinmon Gate
Shitaya Shrine
Chozuya
Shitaya Shrine

Chozuya is where you purify your hands before offering a prayer.

Haiden
Shitaya Shrine

Haiden is the building in front of which you offer prayers.

Honden
Shitaya Shrine

Honden is the very building where the deity of the shrine is enshrined.

Kaguraden
Shitaya Shrine

Kaguraden is where tradtional music or dances are dedicated to the divinites during festivals.

Reitaisai

In general, Shinto shrines hold one - sometimes two - Reitaisai, or the Ggrand Festival(s), annually.
Here at Shitaya Shrine, It's held on the weekend closest to May 11.
There will be many stalls around the shrine, and the local communities around the shrine parade with their mikoshi (portable shrines).
And on Sunday, the mikoshi owned by the shrine itself -larger than any other mikoshi which belong to the communities- also makes a procession all day through the territory the shrine protects carried by hand in even-numbered years, and carried on dolly in odd-numbered years.

Stalls
Shitaya Shrine
Parade of the shrine's mikoshi (even-numbered years)
Shitaya Shrine
Shitaya Shrine
Shitaya Shrine
Parade of the shrine's mikoshi (odd-numbered years)
Shitaya Shrine
Shitaya Shrine
Shitaya Jinja Shrine
3-29-8 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: 2-min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Inaricho Station/ 5-min walk from Toei Oedo Line Shin-Okachimachi Station/ 6-min walk from JR Ueno Station
Area guide around this site