Foxed In The Head: Cycling To All Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards – #5 Shinagawa

#5. Shinagawa

Cycling may be something that I love to do but I’m not really one who goes for a ride without some kind of aim whether it be to a restaurant, a sight or just my workplace. With that in mind, and desperate to get out on my new bike, I decided to cycle round ALL the Inari Shrines in Tokyo taking each of the 23 wards one at a time.

Inspired by recent interest in tiny shrines, this idea seemed like a good way of hunting them down in a slightly more orderly fashion. This really is not so much about the actual Inari Shrines but just getting out on my bike and having a means to an end. Please note that there are many more Inari Shrines (as well as other shrines) than what’s listed below but these were all the ones registered on Google Maps. The times in brackets next to the name of the shrines note the (approximate) time of day I was at each place.

Starting Point: Tokyo Fox Global Operations Centre, Itabashi-ku (09:17)

1. Shimizu Inari Shrine @ 5-9-18 Kitashinagawa (10.27)


2. Takayama Inari-jinja Shrine @ 4-10-23 Takanawa (10:41)


3. Sugimori Inari Shrine @ 2-2 Kitashinagawa (10:49)


4. Ana Inari Shrine @ 3-7 Kitashinagawa (10:57)


5. Kashoku Inari Shrine @ 2-32-3 Kitashinagawa (11:06)


6. Hozo Inari Shrine @ 4-4 Minamishinagawa (11:12)


7. Tokanmori Inari Shrine @ 4-17 Minamishinagawa (11:17)


8. Saiwai Inari Shrine @ 3-3-3 Minamishinagawa (11:22)


9. Seiun Inari Shrine @ 1-2-7 Higashioi (11:27)

10. Komahiki Inari Shrine @ 1-18-14 Higashioi (11:33)


11. Shiratama Inari Shrine @ 2-9-15 Higashioi (11:38)


12. Nakamichi Inari Shrine @ 25 Shinagawa City (11:43)


13. Kaiun Inari Shrine @ 1-19 Minamioi (11:55)


14. Inari Shrine @ 7-27 Oi (12:03)


15. Inari Shrine @ 4-14 Oi (12:13)


16. Inari Shrine @ 5-13 Nishioi (12:24)


Date: Friday 29th May 2020

Weather: Hot and sunny

Area: 22.84 km²

Distance: 53.12 km

Time: 4.07 hrs

Calories Burned: 1750

Top: Leicester City Worthington Cup Winners 2000 polo shirt

Fox Rating: 7/10

Notes: Far south and a fairly large number of shrines but many of them are quite closely bunched up so they came thick and fast…once I’d cycled that far south! The third shrine of the day seemed to be home to a few cats and the one after that was tucked away at the back of Shinagawa Shrine. The majority of these 16 inari shrines were the kind I was after in that they were mostly small and slightly hidden away.

Nearby Sights: Tokyo Museum Of Marine Science, Omori-Kaizuka Shell Mounds, Irugi Shrine, Kagata Shrine (Whale Shrine), Kodomo-No-Mori Park (Dinosaur Park), Shinagawa Shrine, 1.5 Metre High Car Tunnel, Shinryō-ji temple (elephant temple), Suzugamori Execution Grounds

Click here to read ‘TF Top 10……Tokyo Themed Cycling Rides’

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A Leicester City fan teaching English in Japan
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