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 (09:41)
1. Inari Shrine @ 2-7 Sumida (11:09)
2. Sumida Inari Shrine @ 4-38-13 Sumida (11:17)
3. Kentoku Inari Shrine @ 2-12-7 Oshiage (11:38)
4. Tanishi Inari Shrine @ 3-3-9 Kotobashi (11:55)
5. Enoki Inari Shrine @ 4-12-24 Tatekawa (12:01)
6. Nagakura Inari Shrine @ 4-38-5 Midori (12:06)
7. Inari Shrine @ 2-8-10 Kamezawa (12:14)
Date: Friday 3rd July 2020
Weather: Humid and cloudy
Area: 13.7 km2
Distance: 41:52 km
Time: 3.09 hrs
Calories Burned: 1250
Top: Leicester City 2017-2018 black away shirt
Notes: A nice ride along the Arakawa River aiming towards the symbolic Sky Tree. The 634 metre structure could be seen from the 3rd shrine which was difficult to pinpoint and seemingly behind a locked off area. Luckily I tried the gate handle and it opened, and the shrine was full of alcoholic donations. The final one had a stone monument with the names of sumo champions carved onto it.
Fox Rating: 8/10
Nearby Sights: Tokyo Sky Tree, Blue ramen restaurant, Tobacco & Salt Museum
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