Mabashi Inari

  • Capacity: 2~60 persons
  • Address: 2-4-4, Asagayaminami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
  • URL: http://www.mabashiinari.org/

Introduction Mabashi Inari shrine enshrines the Kami of thriving business and the Kami of better fortune, dedicated to Ukanomi-tamano-kami and Omatono-zuno-kami. It is said that this shrine was built in the end of Kamakura period (1185-1333), which means that this shrine may be around 680 years old.

The symbol of this shrine is the massive torii (a gateway at the entrance to a Shinto shrine), which is one of the three largest torii's in Tokyo. This torii is made of stone. The figure of a dragon rising to heaven, and a dragon descending from heaven, are sculptured into the pillars of the torii. These meaning of these two dragons are patience (rising) and relief (descending).

Another torii in Mabashi Inari is made of 400-year-old wood, painted vivid red, and stands 8 meters tall. In the gate building they have a large bell (about 75 centimeters wide), which is the largest bell in Tokyo.

Mabashi Inari shrine is known as the location thought to be flowing with mystical energy and is getting more popular amongst people in Japan, and all over the world, who want to hold a wedding ceremony in a Shinto shrine.