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【2024】Introducing the sanchiyoinarijinja hachioujishiokadomachi! Enchanting shrine festival with over 400 years of history

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Enchanting shrine festival with over 400 years of history

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Basic Information

Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine is a shrine located in Okadocho, Hachioji City, Tokyo. It is a shrine with over 400 years of history, and it is said that it was founded by Okubo Iga no Kami Nagayasu, a magistrate of the Edo period, as a guardian deity to protect the north gate of his residence.

  • Address: 82 Okadocho, Hachioji City, Tokyo
  • Phone Number: 042-622-3452
  • Access: 15 minutes walk from JR Chuo Line Hachioji Station or Nishi-Hachioji Station
  • Festival Days: August 11th (Sun), February 3rd (Mon), 2024
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine 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 Okadocho. 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 and music performance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. During the Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine Festival, kagura performances are held on a special stage in the shrine grounds. The performances are very beautiful and moving, and they offer a glimpse into Japanese culture and tradition.

Food Stalls

No Japanese festival is complete without food stalls! At the Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine Festival, there are many food stalls selling a variety of delicious Japanese foods, such as yakitori, takoyaki, and okonomiyaki. There are also stalls selling souvenirs and crafts.

Bonfire

On the evening of the festival, a large bonfire is lit in the shrine grounds. People gather around the bonfire to warm themselves and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The bonfire is also a symbol of purification and good luck.

Blessings and Deities

Ubuchiyo Inarito), the Shinto deity of food, agriculture, and industry. Inari shrines are very common in Japan, and they are often visited by people who are praying for good fortune in business or a bountiful harvest.

  • Deity: 倉稲魂命 (Ukanomitama no Mikoto)
  • Blessings: Good fortune in business, bountiful harvest, prosperity

Origin and History

Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine was founded in the Keicho era (1596-1615) by Okubo Iga no Kami Nagayasu, a magistrate of the Edo period. Nagayasu built a residence in Okadocho, and he established Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine as a guardian deity to protect the north gate of his residence.

  • Founder: Okubo Iga no Kami Nagayasu
  • Date of Foundation: Keicho era (1596-1615)
  • Purpose: To protect the north gate of Nagayasu’s residence

Tips and Notes for Visitors

Here are some tips and notes for visitors to the Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine Festival:

  • The festival is held on August 11th (Sun) and February 3rd (Mon) in 2024.
  • The festival is a popular event, so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid crowds.
  • There are many food stalls at the festival, so you can enjoy a variety of Japanese foods.
  • The festival is a great opportunity to experience Japanese culture and tradition.

Parking Information

There is no parking lot at Ubuchiyo Inari Shrine. However, there are several coin-operated parking lots in the vicinity of the shrine.

  • There is no parking lot at the shrine.
  • There are coin-operated parking lots nearby.

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.