Higashi-Fushimi Inari Jinja: The Fushimi Inari of the East

 

The Higashi-Fushimi Inari Jinja is a small Inari shrine in Western Tokyo. First built in 1929, it is not by any means as famous as the Oji Inari Shrine (built in the 14th century), but it has the honour of hosting one of the first officially-registered wakemitama (divided spirit) from the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

At the time, the village surrounding the Higashi-Fushimi Inari Jinja was called Kami-Hoya, but when the shrine became a distinctive landmark, the area became known as Higashi-Fushimi, as it is known today.

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The 1920s had marked a sudden rise in the number of otsuka (rock altars) on Inariyama in Kyoto, and the phenomenon was mirrored here albeit on a smaller scale. Once you enter the area with the otsuka, you will feel like you've entered into a mini maze of red torii gates and rock altars.

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Unfortunately the Higashi-Fushimi Inari Jinja, being close to a factory manufacturing warplanes, burnt down in the firebombings of the Great Tokyo Air Raid during the war. Local believers managed to put together funds to rebuild it only in 1967.

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Location

The Higashi-Fushimi Inari Jinja is a 10 minute walk from Higashi-Fushimi Station (30 min train ride from Takadanobaba Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line). Free admission.

1-5-8 Higashi-Fushimi, Nishi Tokyo-shi, Tokyo
〒202-0021 西東京市東伏見1-5-38 東伏見稲荷神社

Official website (in Japanese): http://www.higashifushimi-inari.jp

 
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