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【2024】Introducing the asahiinarijinja chuuouku! Gleaming lights, Asahikawa’s night festival

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Gleaming lights, Asahikawa’s night festival

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Basic Information

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

  • Address: 3-8-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
  • Phone Number: 03-3561-5650
  • Access: 5-minute walk from Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Marunouchi Line
  • Festival Days: February 11th and 12th, 2024
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Asahi Inari Shrine Festival is a two-day festival held annually on February 11th and 12th. The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including:

Mikoshi Procession

A mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine. During the festival, the mikoshi of Asahi Inari Shrine is carried through the streets of Ginza by a team of people. The procession is accompanied by music and dancing.

Kagura Performance

Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance and music performance. During the festival, kagura is performed by a group of people in traditional costumes. The performance tells the story of the god Inari and his association with rice and sake.

Food Stalls

During the festival, there are a variety of food stalls set up around the shrine. These stalls sell a variety of Japanese food and drinks, including traditional festival foods like takoyaki, yakisoba, and cotton candy.

Games and Activities

There are also a variety of games and activities for children and adults to enjoy at the festival. These include traditional Japanese games like ring toss and goldfish scooping, as well as more modern games like face painting and balloon animals.

Fireworks Display

On the evening of the second day of the festival, there is a fireworks display over the Sumida River. The fireworks display is a popular event that attracts people from all over Tokyo.

Blessings and Deities

Asahi Inari Shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and sake. Inari is one of the most popular gods in Japan, and is often depicted as a white fox. Inari is said to bring good luck and prosperity to those who worship him.

  • Deity: Inari, the god of rice and sake
  • Blessings: Good luck, prosperity, success in business

Origin and History

The origins of Asahi Inari Shrine are unknown, but it is believed to have been founded in the 17th century. The shrine was originally located in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo, but it was moved to its current location in Ginza in 1935.

  • Founded: 17th century
  • Original location: Nihonbashi district, Tokyo
  • Current location: Ginza, Tokyo

Tips and Notes for Visitors

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

  • Hours: The shrine is open from 7:30am to 5:00pm daily.
  • Admission: Admission to the shrine is free.
  • Dress code: There is no specific dress code for visiting the shrine, but it is considered respectful to dress modestly.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted within the shrine grounds.
  • Smoking: Smoking is not permitted within the shrine grounds.

Parking Information

There is no parking lot at Asahi Inari Shrine. However, there are several public parking lots located nearby.

  • Ginza Mitsukoshi Parking Lot: This parking lot is located next to the Ginza Mitsukoshi department store, a short walk from the shrine.
  • Ginza Park Parking Lot: This parking lot is located in Ginza Park, a short walk from the shrine.
  • Ginza Place Parking Lot: This parking lot is located in the Ginza Place shopping complex, a short 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.