Gleaming lights, divine spirits, and ancient traditions await.
Yorigi Jinja Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. It is classified as a village shrine in the modern shrine ranking system.
- Address: 1-35-8 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
- Phone Number: 03-3491-7490
- Access: 7-minute walk from Shin-馬場 Station on the Keikyu Line
- Festival Days: January 14th and May 14th
Main Events and Attractions of the Festival
The Yorigi Jinja Shrine Festival is an annual event that takes place on January 14th and May 14th. The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including:
A mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine that is carried through the streets during festivals. The Yorigi Jinja Shrine Festival features a mikoshi procession that winds its way through the neighborhood surrounding the shrine. Participants carry the mikoshi on their shoulders and chant traditional songs as they go.
Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance and music performance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. The Yorigi Jinja Shrine Festival features a kagura performance by local performers. The performance tells stories from Japanese mythology and folklore.
A variety of food stalls are set up at the Yorigi Jinja Shrine Festival, selling traditional Japanese festival foods such as yakitori, takoyaki, and cotton candy. There are also stalls selling souvenirs and crafts.
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.
- Mikoshi Procession: A parade of portable shrines carried through the streets.
- Kagura Performance: Traditional Japanese dance and music performed at the shrine.
- Food Stalls: Vendors selling a variety of Japanese festival foods and drinks.
- Bonfire: A large bonfire lit in the shrine grounds on the evening of the festival.
Blessings and Deities
Yorigi Jinja Shrine is dedicated to the deity Yorihime no Mikoto, also known as Otoshi no Kami. Yorihime no Mikoto is the daughter of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the god Susanoo. She is associated with agriculture, fishing, navigation, brewing, and production.
- Deity: Yorihime no Mikoto (Otoshi no Kami)
- Associations: Agriculture, fishing, navigation, brewing, production
Origin and History
The origins of Yorigi Jinja Shrine are unknown, but it is believed to have been founded during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The shrine was originally located in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo, but it was moved to its current location in Higashi-Shinagawa in 1655.
- Founded: Kamakura period (1185-1333)
- Original location: Shinagawa, Tokyo
- Current location: Higashi-Shinagawa, Tokyo
Tips and Notes for Visitors
Here are some tips and notes for visitors to Yorigi Jinja Shrine:
- The shrine is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Admission is free.
- The shrine is a popular spot for weddings and other ceremonies.
- There is a small parking lot available for visitors.
- The shrine is a short walk from Shin-馬場 Station on the Keikyu Line.
There is a small parking lot available for visitors to Yorigi Jinja Shrine. The parking lot is located behind the shrine.
- Location: Behind the shrine
- Number of spaces: Limited
- Fee: Free
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.