Tanashi Shrine [Tokyo]


Tanashi Shrine was founded in the Kamakura period (1288-1293) by Jodo-no-dai Gongen and moved to its present location in 1670. The name was changed to Tanashi Shrine in accordance with the Shinto/Buddhist Separation Order of the Meiji Era (1868-1912). The main deities are Sinatsuhiko-mikoto, Sinatobe-mikoto, and Okuninushi-mikoto. Kudatsuhiko-no-mikoto and Kudobe-no-mikoto are a male-female pair of wind gods. Dragons are prominent in the shrine, as seen in the dragon decorations in the hall of worship and the placement of dragon deities in the four directions of east, west, south, north, and west.

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The dragon carvings in the main hall are magnificent, with “Golden Dragon” at the center, “Black Dragon” to the north, “Red Dragon” to the south, “Blue Dragon” to the east, and “White Dragon” to the west, each color following the five elements philosophy. The sanjunden is designated as an important cultural property.

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The grounds of the shrine are not very large, but they are well maintained. There are many spots related to water, such as a water fountain, perhaps because the shrine has many things related to dragons.

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There are also a wide variety of other items such as omikuji and red seals, and the temple incorporates interesting ideas such as “teru teru tanzaku” according to the season, which are designed to entertain visitors to the temple. There are also installations, etc., and many of the visitors are young people.

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Manager’s Comments

We visited the shrine because it enshrines the Dragon Goddess for the year 2024, which is the Year of the Dragon. Since it was the New Year’s holiday, the shrine was very crowded, but I think it has many attractions. With the catchphrase “open shrine,” this shrine has been attracting the faith of the local community and has been devising ways for visitors to enjoy the shrine.

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Tanashi Shrine

3-7-4 Tanashi-cho, Nishitokyo-shi, Tokyo 188-0011

※Free parking available

Seibu Shinjuku Line, about 10 minutes walk from Tanashi Station

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