Keihin Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kawasaki City
Keihin Fushimi Inari Jinja (京濱伏見稲荷神社) is a Shinto shrine in Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki City. Keihin is the region that consists of Tokyo, Kawasaki, and Yokohama. The shrine is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. On the volcanic rocks that have been transported to the shrines’s garden from Mt Fuji, there are 108 statues of foxes (kitsune), messengers of Inari. The use of number 108 is yet another proof of how closely connected Shinto and Buddhism are in Japan – 108 is an important symbolic number in Buddhism.
The shrine was founded in 1951 by priest Tomizawa Kanjuushi no Mikoto (冨澤冠受大人之命) under the divine guidance of Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari shrine. Ιt is an independent shrine that does not belong to the Association of Shinto Shrines.
Getting there: Tokyo Station to Musashi-Kosugi Station (JR Yokosuka Line): 20 minutes.
Keihin Fushimi Inari Jinja is less than 10 minutes on foot from Musashi-Kosugi Station.
photos: Junko Nagata ©Japanbyweb.com