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【2024】Introducing the onjukuinarijinja chiyodaku! Enchanting lights illuminate千代田

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Enchanting lights illuminate千代田

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Basic Information

Oshuku Inari Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the god Inari, the patron of rice and sake.

  • Address: 1-6-8 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
  • Phone Number: 03-3251-7086
  • Access: 4-minute walk from Otemachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Tozai Line, Chiyoda Line, and Hanzomon Line, or the Toei Mita Line; 8-minute walk from Kanda Station on the JR Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tohoku Line
  • Festival Days: February 11th (Sat), February 12th (Sun), 2024 (Reiwa 6)
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

Oshuku Inari Shrine’s annual festival is a lively and colorful event that attracts many visitors each year. The main events and attractions of the festival include:

Mikoshi Procession

A highlight of the festival is the mikoshi procession, where a portable shrine is carried through the streets of the neighborhood. The mikoshi is decorated with colorful tapestries and streamers, and it is carried by a team of people. The procession is accompanied by music and dancing, and it creates a festive atmosphere.

Kagura Performance

Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. During the Oshuku Inari Shrine festival, kagura is performed by a group of young women. The dancers wear colorful costumes and they perform a variety of dances, including the “kagura-mai” and the “o-kagura.” The kagura performance is a beautiful and graceful way to learn about Japanese culture.

Food Stalls

No Japanese festival is complete without food stalls! At the Oshuku Inari Shrine festival, there will be a variety of food stalls selling a variety of delicious Japanese foods, such as takoyaki, yakisoba, and taiyaki. There will also be stalls selling souvenirs and other goods.

Bonfire

On the evening of the festival, a large bonfire is lit in the shrine grounds. The bonfire is a symbol of purification and it is believed to bring good luck. Visitors can gather around the bonfire and enjoy the warmth and the festive atmosphere.

Blessings and Deities

Oshuku Inari Shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and sake. Inari is one of the most popular deities in Japan, and he is often depicted as an old man with a long white beard and a red cap. Inari is believed to bring good luck and prosperity, and he is often worshipped by business people and farmers.

  • Deity: Inari, the god of rice and sake
  • Benefits: Good luck, prosperity, bountiful harvests
  • Who worships Inari: Business people, farmers, and people who are looking for good luck

Origin and History

The origins of Oshuku Inari Shrine are unclear, but it is believed to have been founded in the 16th century. The shrine was originally located in a different part of Chiyoda Ward, but it was moved to its current location in 1956. The shrine was destroyed by fire in 1960, but it was rebuilt in 1962.

  • Founded: 16th century
  • Original location: Different part of Chiyoda Ward
  • Moved to current location: 1956
  • Destroyed by fire: 1960
  • Rebuilt: 1962

Tips and Notes for Visitors

Here are some tips and notes for visitors to Oshuku Inari Shrine:

  • Hours: The shrine is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Admission: Free
  • Dress code: Casual dress is fine.
  • Photography: Photography is allowed inside the shrine.
  • Smoking: Smoking is not allowed inside the shrine.
  • Food and drink: There are no food or drink stalls inside the shrine, but there are many restaurants and cafes in the surrounding area.

Parking Information

There is no parking lot at Oshuku Inari Shrine, but there are several public parking lots nearby.

  • Otemachi Parking Lot: 3-minute walk from the shrine
  • Kanda Parking Lot: 5-minute walk from the shrine
  • Chiyoda Parking Lot: 7-minute walk from the shrine

Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years

 

Type of StallDescription
TakoyakiA staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
Jaga ButterA simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
Baby CastellaSmall castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Grilled Ayu with SaltFresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
ShaapinA unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
OkonomiyakiA Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
Cotton CandyA fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
Chocolate BananaA banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
KushiyakiVarious types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
YakisobaFried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.