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 (09:10)
1. Fukiage Inari Shrine @ 5-21-11 Otsuka (09:31)
2. Sumiyoshi Inari Shrine @ 4-49 Otsuka (09:39)
3. Inari-jinja Shrine @ 3-40-12 Sengoku (09:49)
4. Komagome Inari Shrine @ 1-28 Nezu (10:08)
5. Otome Inari Shrine @ 1-28-9 Nezu (10:12)
6. Shusse Inari Shrine @ 1-33-17 Hongo (10:26)
7. Kasama Inari Shrine @ 2-3-22 Suido (10:43)
Date: Friday 12th June 2020
Area: 11.29 km²
Distance: 22.46 km
Time: 1.43 hrs
Calories Burned: 697
Top: Leicester City 2005-06 white away shirt
Notes: A fairly short ride to one of Tokyo’s smallest wards in terms of its size. Most of them were fairly small and quite interesting, particularly the third and final shrines. The latter was quite weird actually and seemed more like someones garden than a place of worship! There was two-for-one regarding the fourth and fifth ones that form Nezu Shrine; one of the “Ten Shrines Of Tokyo“ which are considered the most important as they were selected in 1868 by Emperor Meiji.
Fox Rating: 6/10
Nearby Sights: Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Higo-Hosokawa Garden, Hachikō statue at the University of Tokyo, St Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Dome City (including Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant, Moomin Bakery & Cafe), Rikugien Gardens, Yanaka Cemetery.
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