Higashifushimi Inari Shrine [Tokyo]


Higashifushimi Inari Shrine was built in 1929 at the request of Inari believers living in the Kanto area. The deities are Uganomitama no Okami, Sadahiko no Okami, and Omiya-no-Me no Okami. The name Higashi Fushimi was given to the shrine after it was built, and the name of the Seibu Shinjuku Line station was changed from “Kamihoya” to “Higashi Fushimi” to coincide with the shrine’s establishment.


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The shrine is relatively new, and the parking lot is well maintained. At the entrance is a magnificent vermilion torii gate with a solemn appearance. Behind the main torii gate, on either side of the shrine gate, there are stone statues of white foxes, the family members of the shrine, which are splendid.

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The precincts and the main shrine are very well maintained. It is recommended to visit not only the main shrine, but also the 18 subordinate shrines, passing through the many vermilion torii (shrine gates) in the rear of the shrine.

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Behind the shrine building, there are many vermilion torii gates called “otsuka,” which are arranged in a series of neat rows, making an interesting group of torii gates that is different from those at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto. The entrance to the otsuka can be entered from both the right side of the shrine pavilion and the left side through the corridor connecting the shrine office and the main building.

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The mound seemed to have a more dignified and mysterious atmosphere. There are so many shrines that it would take about 30 minutes to visit them one by one, but the maze-like mound is a good place worth seeing. Unlike Kyoto, it is a small place, but it was refreshing to be surrounded by greenery. It has been selected as one of the “New Tokyo 100 Scenery.

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Manager’s Comments

It is a branch shrine of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, but there were not many worshippers, perhaps because it is not well known to the people of Tokyo. Although not as large in scale as Kyoto, it is very reminiscent of Kyoto. Personally, I found it more relaxing than the overtourism Fushimi Inari. It was a nice and peaceful shrine.

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Higashifushimi Inari Shrine

5-38, Higashifushimi 1-chome, Nishitokyo-shi, Tokyo 202-0021

Free parking available

About 10 minutes walk from South Exit of Higashifushimi Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line

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