Enchanting lights dance at the Akasaka Hikarie, a festival of illumination
Rokushosha Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the deities Izanagi, Izanami, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Okuninushi, and Sugawara no Michizane.
- Address: 2-25-2 Akatsutsumi, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0044
- Phone Number: 03-3321-5396
- Access: 3-minute walk from Matsubara Station on the Tokyu Setagaya Line, or a 7-minute walk from Gotokuji Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line
- Festival Days: September 22nd (Fri) and 23rd (Sat), 2024
Main Events and Attractions of the Festival
The Rokushosha Shrine Festival is a two-day festival held annually on September 22nd and 23rd. The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including:
On the second day of the festival, a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession takes place. The mikoshi is carried through the streets of the neighborhood, accompanied by music and dancing. Participants in the procession wear traditional Japanese clothing, and the atmosphere is festive and lively.
Kagura is a traditional Japanese performing art that combines music, dance, and storytelling. During the Rokushosha Shrine Festival, kagura performances are held on both days of the festival. The performances are typically held in the shrine’s main hall, and they tell stories from Japanese mythology and folklore.
Bon Odori Dance
Bon Odori is a traditional Japanese folk dance that is performed during the Obon festival, which is held in August. However, at the Rokushosha Shrine Festival, Bon Odori is also performed on the second day of the festival. Participants wear yukata (summer kimono) and dance in a circle to the sound of traditional Japanese music.
During the festival, there are a number of food stalls set up in the shrine grounds. These stalls sell a variety of Japanese festival foods, such as yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), takoyaki (octopus balls), and kakigori (shaved ice). There are also stalls selling souvenirs and crafts.
Blessings and Deities
Rokushosha Shrine is dedicated to six deities: Izanagi, Izanami, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Okuninushi, and Sugawara no Michizane. These deities are associated with a variety of blessings, including:
- Good luck and fortune
- Prosperity and success
- Good health and longevity
- Safe childbirth and childrearing
- Academic success
- Protection from evil
Origin and History
The origins of Rokushosha 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 Setagaya Ward, but it was moved to its current location in 1874. The shrine was destroyed by fire in 1945, but it was rebuilt in 1969.
Tips and Notes for Visitors
- The Rokushosha Shrine Festival is held annually on September 22nd and 23rd. The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including a mikoshi procession, kagura performances, Bon Odori dance, and food stalls.
- The shrine is open to visitors every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.
- There is a small parking lot available for visitors to the shrine.
- The shrine is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. Please be respectful of the neighbors when visiting the shrine.
There is a small parking lot available for visitors to Rokushosha Shrine. The parking lot is located on the north side of the shrine, next to the main entrance. There is no charge for parking.
Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years
|Type of Stall
|A staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
|A simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
|Small castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
|Grilled Ayu with Salt
|Fresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
|A unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
|A Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
|A fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
|A banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
|Various types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
|Fried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.