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【2024】Introducing the usajinja setagayaku! Enchanting lights illuminate the night, a spectacle not to be missed.

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Enchanting lights illuminate the night, a spectacle not to be missed.

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Basic Information

U**s**a Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the god **H**onda **W**ake **M**ikoto, also known as Emperor **O**jin, the 15th emperor of Japan.

  • Address: 2-11-3 Oyamadai, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0086
  • Phone Number: 03-3702-0875
  • Access: 10-minute walk from Oyamadai Station on the Tokyu Oimachi Line
  • Festival Days: First Sunday in October
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The **U**sa Shrine **F**estival is an annual event held at the **U**sa Shrine in **S**etagaya Ward, **T**okyo, **J**apan. The festival celebrates the shrine’s deity, **H**onda **W**ake **M**ikoto, also known as **E**mperor **O**jin, the 15th emperor of **J**apan.

The festival takes place on the first **S**unday in **O**ctober and features a variety of events and attractions, including:

Mikoshi Procession

The highlight of the festival is the **M**ikos**h**i procession, in which a portable shrine is carried through the streets of **O**yamadai. The **M**ikos**h**i is decorated with colorful tapestries and streamers, and it is carried by a team of **S**hinto priests and **M**aiden.

Kagura Performance

**K**agura is a traditional **J**apanese **S**hinto dance and music performance. During the **U**sa Shrine **F**estival, **K**agura is performed by a group of **M**aiden in the shrine’s **M**ain **H**all.

Food Stalls

A variety of **F**ood stalls are set up around the shrine during the festival. These stalls sell a variety of **J**apanese **F**ood, including **R**amen, **S**oba, and **T**akoyaki.

Games and Activities

There are also a variety of games and activities for children at the festival. These include **R**ing **T**oss, **F**ish **P**ond **G**aming, and **K**an**d**ama **T**ossing.

Blessings and Deities

The **U**sa Shrine is dedicated to the god **H**onda **W**ake **M**ikoto, also known as **E**mperor **O**jin, the 15th emperor of **J**apan. **E**mperor **O**jin is revered as a god of war, victory, and good fortune. He is also believed to have introduced Buddhism to **J**apan.

In addition to **E**mperor **O**jin, the **U**sa Shrine also enshrines **I**nari **N**okami, the god of rice and agriculture, and **O**otake **M**ikoto, the god of sake and brewing.

  • **H**onda **W**ake **M**ikoto (**E**mperor **O**jin): God of war, victory, and good fortune
  • **I**nari **N**okami: God of rice and agriculture
  • **O**otake **M**ikoto: God of sake and brewing

Origin and History

The **U**sa Shrine was founded in the **11**th century by **M**inamoto **Y**oritomo, the first **S**hogun of the **K**amakura **S**hogunate. The shrine was originally located in **K**yoto, but it was moved to its current location in **S**etagaya Ward in **16**99.

The **U**sa Shrine has a long and rich history. It has been visited by many famous people over the years, including the **E**mperor **M**eiji and the **E**mperor **S**howa.

  • Founded in the **11**th century by **M**inamoto **Y**oritomo
  • Originally located in **K**yoto
  • Moved to its current location in **S**etagaya Ward in **16**99
  • Visited by many famous people, including the **E**mperor **M**eiji and the **E**mperor **S**howa

Tips and Notes for Visitors

Here are some tips and notes for visitors to the **U**sa Shrine **F**estival:

  • The festival is held on the first **S**unday in **O**ctober.
  • The **M**ikos**h**i procession begins at **10**:**00** **A**M.
  • The **K**agura performance begins at **11**:**00** **A**M.
  • There are a variety of **F**ood stalls and **G**ames for **C**hildren at the festival.
  • The festival is a popular event, so it is recommended to arrive early to avoid crowds.

Parking Information

There is no parking lot at the **U**sa Shrine. However, there are several public parking lots nearby.

  • **O**yamadai **P**ublic **P**arking **L**ot: A **5**-minute walk from the shrine
  • **S**etagaya **W**ard **O**ffice **P**ublic **P**arking **L**ot: A **10**-minute walk from the shrine
  • **T**okyu **O**imachi **L**ine **O**yamadai **S**tation **P**ublic **P**arking **L**ot: A **15**-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.